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Florida Sea Grant achieved college status in 1976 and is a statewide program headquartered at the University of Florida. Their extension, education and outreach programs are done in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension and coastal counties around the state.

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Florida Sea Grant by the Numbers

2017 (pdf)

2016 (pdf)

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN FLORIDA RESULTED IN*

$17.1M

ECONOMIC IMPACT

372

JOBS

2650

SEAFOOD INDUSTRY PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

9414

ACRES OF COASTAL HABITAT PROTECTED OR RESTORED

 
 
 

*Metrics are direct results of Sea Grant work between February 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 as reported by Sea Grant programs in Summer 2020. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Jobs = jobs created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. Seafood industry personnel refers to the number of fishermen, seafood processing or aquaculture industry personnel who modify their practices using knowledge gained in fisheries sustainability and seafood safety as a result of Sea Grant activities.

Florida Sea Grant Featured Impacts

Florida Stories and News

Relief that Restores: Shellfish Aquaculture

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Relief that Restores: Shellfish Aquaculture

Sea Grant rapid response investments in aquaculture in 2020 provide multifaceted benefits

Several Sea Grant projects purchased farm fresh seafood originally intended for local restaurants and repurposed it to restore aquatic and marine environments. Not only did this creative solution aid in local restoration efforts but it also provided immediate relief to aquaculture producers whose sales were impacted by the pandemic.

Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

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Researchers Find Offshore Aquaculture has a Low Nutrient Footprint

Large-scale offshore aquaculture may have much less environmental impact from nutrient pollution than people suspect, according to a recent study funded by Florida Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries.
Offshore aquaculture is poised to grow in the coming years to help offset the U.S. seafood trade deficit, but concerns have been raised about the potential for fish waste to pollute surrounding waters by introducing unnaturally high nutrient levels. In this new study, researchers found little evidence of nutrient pollution from a commercial cobia aquaculture farm located offshore the Republic of Panama. 

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

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Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant works with coastal communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam to improve community resilience to coastal storms. Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and better prepare for future storms.

Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

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Florida Sea Grant Helped Save Keys Lobster Industry Nearly $4 Million After Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma displaced more than 150,000 spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys last year, sometimes miles away from their original locations. But a novel eyes-in-the-sky solution developed with support from Florida Sea Grant has saved the industry nearly $4 million.

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