Lee County, located in Southwest Florida, is a great place to live. Much of its allure comes from the surrounding estuarine and marine environment. Lee County beaches extend 50 miles, with over 100 coastal islands and it has 283 square miles of inland waterways and many offshore artificial reefs. This environment is under increasing pressure from land use changes related to population growth, stormwater runoff, declining water quality and conflicting use issues. With these pressures come challenges and with these challenges come opportunities. This is where Sea Grant comes in.
Florida Sea Grant's mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of the state's
coastal and marine resources to create a sustainable economy and environment.
The Lee County Sea Grant program develops comprehensive needs-based educational program in areas such as:
Value of Recreational Fishing and Boating in Lee County
Angler Actions to Minimize Impact on Pelicans
Pine Island Sound Scallop Search - (Video from Boca Grande, Saturday, August 4)
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension and the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation participated in the 2012 Pine Island Sound Scallop Search, a resource-monitoring program in which volunteers snorkel, looking for scallops in select areas within Pine Island Sound.
Purpose: To monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population.
How it works: Up to 40 boats are needed with as many as 150 participants to search selected sites in Pine Island Sound and San Carlos Bay for the elusive “bay scallop.”
History: Large populations of bay scallops (Argopecten irradians) disappeared from Southwest Florida waters decades ago due in large part to degraded water quality, related declines in seagrass acreage, over-harvesting and other causes. Water quality and seagrasses have improved in many areas to levels that may once again support these important bivalves.
Ebb & Flow - Newsletter
Florida Sea Grant Extension - October 2011
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Website
The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil spill website,
hosted by the four GOM Sea Grant programs,
provides visitors with access to a wealth of
data concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill. Website content will be continually
updated, and visitors should check back
often for new and revised information.
Hurricanes and the Oil Spill
Reminder about cold weather and stressed
Saltwater Fishing License
Beginning August 1, 2009, a saltwater fishing license will be required for Florida residents who fish from shore.
Find out how to protect your boat during hurricane
season, and protect the environment when you
Boat US Hurricane Warning
Are you and Your Boat Ready?
Fact Sheet on Recreational Shellfish Harvesting in SW Florida
Organize Derelict Crab Trap Event
Ocean and Coastal Literacy
Mangroves and a Sustainable Environment
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