Twenty Acres, Six Months discussed on Let's Talk Pets

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Need to restore an area and the same goes with sea grass a lot of that is done on like a consulting kind of basis so they're almost consulting firms that will do you see grass and submerged aquatic vegetation restoration okay great can you tell us what the center for conservation is where you work sure so center for conservation is part of a larger collaborative the primary partners at the Tampa Electric Company the Florida aquarium and then the Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission FWC it is adjacent to the larger collaborative as the Florida conservation technology center and that encompasses if any of your listeners are familiar with the matter to viewing center which is in Apollo beach it's the most popular free attraction in Florida we get like four hundred thousand visitors between November and April but all amenities are come into the hot water affluent off the power plant and in the winter time it's a registered manatee sanctuary and so we get hundreds of manatees in there when the weather gets cold and in the search for conservation is twenty acres on the southern part of that property it's connected by walking trails and kayaking trails and the Florida aquarium was interested in partnering with university of Florida from the perspective of having a research scientist available to them to help guide some of their conservation initiatives using best available science so I work with the Florida aquarium staff here on a daily basis in the coral greenhouse and then also some of the other projects that they have and then they also support me quite a bit in the field which is really nice so finding divers and things like that is always a challenge because of the specific scientific certifications that we have to have and then after you see operates a Suncoast use conservation center out of the side as well which is a really nice they run summer camps and then during the school year they have school groups that come in by bus and so they're sort of goal is to create the next generation that cares and so they get kids out teach you how to finish teaching had a cardiac do some basic water chemistry they do first I sections and all that kind of stuff so there's lots of kids that are not exposed to that kind of thing at all and so it's a really great opportunity for a lot of the local kids to come here to our site and and check out sort with the natural world has to offer little deadly like going on now I want to talk obviously about some of the work with quarrels I think we'll do that in the second half so before we take a break for that I would like to know if you can maybe give us a real brief introduction to some of the issues with sea grass base Gallatin oysters in in you know again briefly how you're helping with that work sure so I mean my role is really more as I leave sort of the large scale boots on the ground restoration to the people that are better equipped to do that it's a pretty small shop down here and really what we try to do is work on the science aspects of of some of these restoration so base Gallup is an interesting one based out of San scalloping are huge cultural phenomenon in Florida so there used to be commercial and recreational scallop fisheries throughout Florida but it's been really really constructed due to population declines and so as far south as her Nando county on the Big Bend of Florida and then it goes up a little bit into the panhandle and I should know better exactly where that the recreational fishery stops but it's a seasonal fishery there are still hundreds and hundreds of boats that go out it's really popular family pastime but the state is working and and a lot of organizations really too many to list or working on bay scallop restoration I'm primarily working in southwest Florida but one of the things I'm working on is developing some genetic tools that would allow us to do you a parentage analysis where we can take scallops that or Spondon hatchery and conclusively verify that when we find them later that they are the product of restoration and the same tools can be used at a state wide level to look at population connectivity and and how they move around but the basic premise is just that we sponsor Gallitzin hatchery and then raised alarme to a certain stage sometimes or even raised up to like juvenile scallops and then returned back to sea grass beds I'm so scouts are really obligate it for seagrass and then the cigarettes were to we're doing is really just getting off the ground but what we're hoping to do with that is propeller star restoration superpower scoring is a big issue you can imagine the scouts have to be in sea grass and everybody wants the scallops you get a lot of boat traffic in really shallow sea grass areas and when a boat goes through to shower of cigarettes are the propeller can cut a big star in that sea grass and there are methods out there that are available to actively restore that scar so you can bring it back up to grade you can plan to it and that kind of stuff so that's something that we're working on hopefully during some of that in the Big Bend area where scalloping takes place in down maybe a quick one on the oyster stew okay so the oyster which restoration is a huge huge staying around Tampa Bay especially but all throughout the state I mean I'm right here in Tampa Bay somewhat familiar with here but what we do for oyster restoration is use basically culture in Florida we have a lot of mine shell that we're able to use you can also use recycled shell from restaurants are seafood processors that shell when it's recycled has to set for six months basically in quarantine to avoid any sort of diseases are parasites getting back into the system but in talking to after you see about this in Florida were mostly substrate limited rather than recruitment limited so if we put out bags of oyster shell most places on the Gulf coast of Florida at the right time of year that show will be naturally colonized by we still are made better just swimming around in the water column looking for somewhere to land so I have a specific project in partnership with her Nando county that's funded by the Florida department of environment protection and know what we're gonna do a fairly small scale we stir reef right also Fernando beach but that will be the first restoration of its kind in Hernando county so we're really looking to expand the geographic footprint of oyster restoration in order to create those connected habitats that we're looking for well thanks for that refund on those other areas that you're.

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