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University of Florida

Off-Limits Fishing Areas Protect Lobsters In Florida Keys

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source(s):
Douglas Gregory drg@ufl.edu, (305) 292-4501
John Hunt john.hunt@fwc.state.fl.us (305) 289-2330

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KEY WEST — New results from an ongoing study show marine reserves — sections of ocean off-limits to harvesting of all sea life — are effective at protecting Florida’s spiny lobster, allowing the tasty crustaceans to grow larger and reproduce at a greater rate, according a University of Florida scientist.

“During the first two years of a project funded by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, we have seen small increases in the abundance and size of lobsters inside the closed area,” said Douglas Gregory, Monroe County Sea Grant extension agent with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “The reserve provides some protection to lobsters near the end of the fishing season in February and March. (more …)

Fish And Friends Make 4-H Marine Camp Popular With Youth

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source:
Jerry Culen jrcu@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0996 ext. 250

NICEVILLE—Flippers and fun are all it takes to get kids interested in marine life and teach them, say organizers of the popular state 4-H marine camp, held last week at the 4-H Timpoochee Environmental Education Center.

With more than 100 kids at the University of Florida facility, the camp buzzed with activity. One group seined with nets the Choctawhatchee Bay’s shallow intracoastal waters, searching for marine life and specimens for the camp’s marine education center. (more …)

Proposed Trade With Cuba Shows Little Benefit To Florida Agriculture

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281
Source(s):
William Messina messina@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1826, ext. 308

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GAINESVILLE—Pending congressional legislation allowing sales of food and medicine to Cuba could be the first step toward a $1 billion-a-year agricultural export market for the United States, says a University of Florida trade analyst.

However, it likely would take years for such a market to develop, and benefits to Florida agriculture would be limited. (more …)

Summertime Fun At 4-H Forestry Camp

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source(s):
Jerry Culen jrcu@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0996 ext. 250

NICEVILLE—What would make 35 talkative teens tiptoe down a country road late at night eyeballing the woods for any sign of noise?

It’s not an episode of the X-Files or a ghost story, it’s an owl prowl at 4-H’s new forestry camp at the 4-H Timpoochee Environmental Education Center in Niceville. (more …)

Florida’s Youth Enact Mock Legislature In House Chambers July 10-13

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ami Neiberger

Source(s):
John Rutledge jar@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1987

TALLAHASSEE—Is Generation Y apathetic? Not this bunch. More than 200 youth from across Florida will hold a mock legislature in the House of Representatives chambers at the Florida Capitol July 10-13, 2000, and they have opinions about everything.

Gun control, abortion, the death penalty, tobacco use and welfare reform are just a few of the hot topics youth delegates will grapple with at 4-H Legislature 2000. Many of the bills relate to youth issues. (more …)

Nan-Yao Su Receives EPA “Green Chemistry” Award

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Nan-Yao Su suny@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (954) 577-6339

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nan-Yao Su, professor of entomology with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was honored at the 2000 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. for helping develop the new Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System in cooperation with Dow AgroSciences.

The award, presented June 27 by the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of the Clinton administration, was awarded to the Sentricon® System. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award recognizes technical innovation that incorporates the principles of “green” chemistry into pest control design, manufacturing and use. (more …)

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