Florida Sea Grant's Marine Science Minute Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant is a weekly radio series airing on WUFT-FM every Wednesday morning at 7:42 AM ET. These one-minute-long features bring marine science on-the-go, delivering engaging and informative segments aimed at helping listeners better understand their connections to Florida's coastal resources. Each spotlight is designed to provide timely and actionable insights on various marine science topics, ranging from fishery seasons to habitat conservation tips.

Florida Sea Grant's Marine Science Minute

From WUFT 89.1

Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant is a weekly radio series airing on WUFT-FM every Wednesday morning at 7:42 AM ET. These one-minute-long features bring marine science on-the-go, delivering engaging and informative segments aimed at helping listeners better understand their connections to Florida's coastal resources. Each spotlight is designed to provide timely and actionable insights on various marine science topics, ranging from fishery seasons to habitat conservation tips.

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 12 – Barotrauma & Return 'Em Right

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Barotrauma & Return 'Em Right

Episode 11 – Scalloping

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Scalloping! Summer means scallop season is here, and sustainability is key. You can safeguard our bay scallop populations for future seasons by following these tips: Stick to the daily bag limit or, even better, harvest less than the maximum. Harvest only larger scallops, letting the young ones grow. Boat and anchor carefully to protect the sensitive seagrass habitats that scallops depend on. Avoid discarding shells in swimming areas, as shells and soft tissues may cause problems for water quality and boating. Discard in open waters or bring back to shore. Florida Sea Grant has the tools and science to help you dive deeper into sustainable scalloping practices. For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 10 – World Ocean Day

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: World Ocean Day. Planet Earth is 71 percent water. Our bodies consist of 70 percent water. On World Ocean Day, we recognize and celebrate our connection to the water. Florida is surrounded by ocean, which brings residents and visitors here. The ocean supports recreational activities such as going to the beach, fishing, boating, paddling, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Florida's economy thrives off of our healthy coast and ocean, generating high property values and sustaining working waterfronts. Florida Sea Grant supports research, education and extension to protect and conserve our ocean, as well as maintain the sustainable use of its vast resources. How will you celebrate World Ocean Day? For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 9 – Goliath Grouper

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Goliath Grouper. Goliath grouper are the largest fish in the tropical western Atlantic, growing as large as 8 feet long and weighing up to 800 pounds! Goliaths have been protected from harvest since the 1990's and are now a huge diver attraction during summer and fall months when they gather to spawn. Every year, Florida Sea Grant calls upon citizen scientists to assist with a monitoring project called the Great Goliath Grouper Count and you can participate too! This project utilizes recreational divers to capture data about Goliath grouper populations around the state. The data collected is a vital tool for fisheries management. For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 8 – Sargassum

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Sargassum. Sargassum, a free-floating brown seaweed, has received lots of media attention in recent years. This is a naturally occurring species that originates in the eastern Atlantic in an area known as the Sargasso Sea. This drifting seaweed creates habitat for fish, crabs, and even juvenile sea turtles. When sargassum lands on local beaches, it often becomes stranded and decomposes, creating a challenge for beach managers. New research has shown the potential of sargassum to serve as an additive to compost material for landscaping, creating a new end use for the seaweed. Florida Sea Grant assists resource managers with providing current sargassum research and recommending best management practices for handling sargassum. For more information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 7 – Find a Pumpout

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Find a Sewage Pumpout! A pumpout is used by boaters to properly dispose of sewage which helps keep our waterways clean and safe for people and wildlife. The Pumpout Nav app makes it easy for boaters to find publicly available sewage pumpouts, mobile pumpout vessels, and port-a-potty dump stations. The Pumpout Nav app includes the exact location of the unit, the hours it's open, and how much it costs. Pumpout Nav is color coded, so boaters know which units are broken and which ones work. Additionally, boaters can 'report a problem' with a pumpout directly through the app. You can download Pumpout Nav app today in the App Store or on Google Play. For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 6 – Catch and Release Fishing

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Catch and Release Fishing. Fishing isn't just about catching fish but also learning how to release them! Every angler will be faced with releasing fish at some point whether it's by choice or due to regulations. Catch and release fishing is only beneficial if the fish survive release to grow, spawn, and contribute to the future of the fishery. The Florida Friendly Angler and Guide programs provide general resources to sharpen your catch and release skills and become a more ethical and conservation-minded angler. The Return 'Em Right program is a great specialized resource for saltwater anglers fishing in deeper offshore waters. Whether you're fishing for sunfish in your local pond or grouper 50 miles offshore, Florida Sea Grant has you covered with best practices to ensure a positive fishing experience. For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 5 – Hurricane Awareness

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Hurricane awareness! This month marks the beginning of hurricane season, which lasts from June 1st to November 30th. All areas of Florida are at risk of hurricane impacts, including flooding and wind damage. Florida Sea Grant has tools and resources to help you to prepare for the next hurricane! You can prepare for this year's season by following these tips: Develop an evacuation plan and know your evacuation zone. Assemble emergency supplies such as flashlights, water, and an emergency radio. Create a communication plan for your family including an emergency meeting place in case of loss of cell phone network. Document your possessions through a home inventory. For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 4 – Vessel Discharge Laws

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Vessel discharge laws! If you're out on the high seas, it's important to know where you can and can't dump your boat's waste. If your waste hasn't been treated by a Coast Guard approved Type I or II Marine Sanitation Device, or MSD, you can't dump it into state waters that extend three nautical miles off the Atlantic coast and nine nautical miles off the Gulf of Mexico coast. If your waste has been treated through a Type I or II MSD, you still can't dump it in any No Discharge Zone, freshwater lakes too shallow for vessels with installed toilets, or any river not navigable by interstate vessel traffic. Here's what you can do: download Pumpout Nav on Google Play or in the App Store to find a public pumpout station near you. For more information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 3 – Sea Turtles

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Sea turtles! Did you know five of the seven existing species of sea turtles nest in Florida? Sea turtles nest on Florida beaches between the months of March and October. We can help these sea turtles by making sure we keep the beach clean, dark, and flat. This means properly disposing of any trash and filling in any holes you have dug so that turtles do not fall in or get stuck. If you are on the beach at night, do not use white lights, which may disturb nesting mothers or disorient hatchlings. You can learn more about sea turtles with Florida Sea Grant's sea turtle curriculum and educational book, both available online. For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.