1 WATERWORKS Newsletter of the Fisheries and Aquatic Sc iences Program March 2011 Much has happened since the last edition of the WaterWorks newsletter was published in October 2007. The most significant and far reaching event was the July 1, 2008 merger of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC), which is part of the University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. With the merger we became the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program one of three broad programmatic areas within the SFRC ( http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/index.html ). Since 1937, the SFRC has been developing new knowledge and educating citizens in the programmatic area of Forest Resources and Conservation The addition of Geomatics in 2004 strengthened SFRC by adding modern geospatial sciences, such as surveying, mapping, remote sensing, satellite imagery, GIS, and GPS. When we brought Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences to SFRC, our emphasis on sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, and aquatic ecology and health greatly enhanced the ability of SFRC to develop well-educated scientists, educators, resource managers, conservationists, land owners, and citizens who can help to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources. The merger also strengthened our ability to accomplish our mission in the areas of undergraduate and graduate education, research, and extension. Specifically, we provide: (1) a rich personal educational experience for our students; (2) new discoveries and applications that enrich lives, communities, and natural resources; and (3) life-long learning opportunities for professionals, policy makers, landowners, youth, and the general public. As a final note, I am excited to announce that we welcomed four new faculty members this past year: Drs. Rob Ahrens, Don Behringer, Kai Lorenzen, and Juliane Struve. Each one brings talents and skills that significantly enhance the capacity and quality of our program. Read about their areas of specialty and research interests later in the newsletter. Clearly, these are good times for the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program! Tom Frazer Professor and SFRC Associate Director Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program C CATCHING ATCHING U UP P... ... WaterWorks is a quarterly publication of the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information to prospective students, alumni, stakeholders, and partners. To contribute an article or information for a future issue contact Tom Frazer (see his contact information above). Dr. Tim White SFRC Director ( 352) 392-1707 email@example.com sfrc.ufl.edu Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Dr. Thomas K. Frazer SFRC Associate Director (352) 273-3644 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Charles Cichra Graduate Coordinator (352) 273-3621 email@example.com Dr. Shirley Baker Undergraduate Coordinator (352) 273-3627 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Roy Yanong Extension Coordinator (813) 671-5230 x104 email@example.com Directory Directory
2 President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes on July 19, 2010. That Executive Order adopted the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and directs Federal agencies to take the appropriate steps to implement them. The Executive Order strengthe ns ocean governance and coordination, establishes guidi ng principles for ocean management, and adopts a flexible framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning to address conservation, economic activity, user conflicts, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. Coastal and marine spatial planning can assist Floridas residents and visitors with balancing the many uses and activities associated with our coastal and ocean resources. HOW WILL WE BENEFIT? Too often we manage our coastal and marine resources in a piecemeal approach, considering one use, or sector, at a time. This is not an ideal approach if we want the best mix of uses in an area, with minimal conflicts, maximum efficiencies, and conservation of resources for future generations. For example, a plan for offshor e energy exploration may not effectively consider other uses th at compete for the same space, such as fisheries. In a similar vein, popular boating routes may overlap with sensitive habitats, such as seagrass and coral reefs. While coastal and marine spatial planning cannot replace all sector-by-sector management, it is meant to ensure that our planning reflects Floridas broader goals and objectives. As a result, conflicting, incompatible and inappropriate uses will be identified and remedied. A goal of marine spatial planni ng is enhanced collaboration and communication among citizens, businesses, and the entities that manage Floridas ocean and coastal resources. Indeed, the success of marine spatial pla nning depends on this happening. Greater cooperation will bolster the rigor and thoroughness of decision-making, and it will streamline permitting and regulatory processes. These outcomes will provide greater predictability and more confidence for investment decisions. COASTAL AND MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING IS
Transparent Stakeholders and the public participate throughout the process. Integrated Clear, broad-based goals and objectives that serve to align federal, state, regional, and local entities are agreed upon at the start. Comprehensive The process evaluates the suite of current and emerging uses of our coasts and oceans, and determines where they should occur to maximize citizen use and regulatory goals. Ecosystem-based The process considers the ecosystem in its entirety when making use decisions, thus safeguarding the resiliency and sustainability of the environment. Place-based Use allocation decisions are designed for and implemented at specific locations. Adaptive Circumstances and societal goals change over time, as do knowledge and technology. To meet this challenge, spatial planning adapts as necessary. BALANCING USE AND PROTECTION Marine spatial planning has proven to be an effective approach for preserving the recreational and ecological value of waterways. In Southwest Florida, the Regional Waterway Management System is a new approach to waterway planning and permitting based on mapped channel depths, boat populations, and the spatial extent of natural resources. It was developed in partnership by Floridas Department of Environmental Protection, the four-county West Coast Inland Navigation District, and the University of Florida Sea Grant Program. (Continued on page 7 Spatial Planning) An example of a coastal and marine s patial planning tool is the Manatee Awareness and Protection Resource, found online at flmapr.org. The unique mapping feature, pictured above, lets visitors see overlays of spatial data like manatee sightings and boating routes used to draw manatee protection zones. Source: Florida Sea Grant. Coastal & Coastal & Marine Marine Spatial Spatial Planning Planning
3 Planning for Coastal Planning for Coastal and Waterway Access and Waterway Access in a Rural County in a Rural County By Garin Davidson, a 2010 FAS graduate who earned a Masters degree in Fisheries and Aquatics Science Rural coastal counties can benefit from comprehensive waterway planning to prevent the loss of public coastal access before population growth and accompanying coastal development make the task too difficult. Taylor County represents a microcosm of the waterway access issues that face coastal communities throughout Florida. Given its water-based traditions, the County (the government and public alike) wants to encourage sustainable economic growth through nature-based recreation a nd tourism, thus offering a unique opportunity to plan for waterway access in a rural community. However, as with many rural counties, Taylor County lacks the resources to plan for and provide access. To assist Taylor County in initiating science-based planning efforts, a University of Florida (UF) research team completed a project to assess the demand for coastal access within the County, and to help plan for recreational access to the Countys coastal resources. The UF team designed and implemented a public input process to collect information from the perspective of Taylor County r esidents, visitors, and boaters to support public coastal and waterway access planning efforts. Representing a subset of the larger UF study, my Masters research included the development and implementation of a survey-based public input process specifically focusing on public waterway access planning for Taylor County residents. The survey identified the waterbased recreational activities of County residents (property owners), the primary locations they visited and avoided, and reasons why the locations were avoided. The majority of survey respondents engaged in water-based activities in the County (86.0%), with the primary activities being Fishing from a boat (88.9%), Scalloping (73.7%), and Pleasure boating/Cruising (58.7%). The percentage of waterway u se and the types of activities engaged in demonstrate the importance of access to waterways and coastal areas in Taylor County. I also analyzed the survey resu lts to determine if respondents with certain demographic characteristics preferred specific waterway access locations or coastal regions of Taylor County. The majority of respondents accessed the Countys coasts and waterways. Year-round residents preferred to use ramps in the North and Central coastal regions, while seasonal/parttime residents preferred ramps in the Central and South coastal regions. These results help to reinforce the importance of Keaton Beach (Central region) and Steinhatchee (South region) as centers for local tourism. The residency of respondents also was compared to their preference for, or opposition to, new boat ramps and/or improvements to existing ramps. The majority of respondents favored both building more boat ramps and improving existing ones. Seasonal/part-time residents identified the South region as needing more ramps and ramp improvements. While year-round residents preferred new boat ramps in the Central and South regions, they identified the need for ramp improvements in all coastal regions. For economic development pur poses, and to enhance tourism, the County should focus its efforts to improve recreational access in the South coastal region. In contrast, addressing the needs of year-round County residents should be focused in the North and Central coastal regions. After assessing the current use of waterway access locations, I estimated how an increase in Taylor Countys population would affect future coastal waterway access demands. The results showed that many current waterway users avoid existing access locations due to crowds and inadequate parking. Thus, I determined that additional residents and waterway users from elsewhere will place a substantial burden on existing access facilities during peak boating periods, since they are already near capacity and in need of repairs and/or additional amenities. (Continued on page 7 Access in a Rural County) Primitive ramp at Petersons Land ing in Taylor County, FL. Photo top left: Coastal development along the Keaton Beach Canal in Taylor County, FL.
4 Notes & News Notes & News Dr. Roger W. Bachmann received the 2010 'Secchi Disk Award at the Annual Meeting of the North American Lake Management Society in Oklahom a City, November 2010. This annual award, the highest given by the Society, is for that member who has given Outstanding Service to NALMS. Andrew Barbour received a 3-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his PhD work on juvenile common snook in mangrove creeks of Charlotte Harbor. He also published a Note in the February 2010 issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series on invasive lionfish in Bahamian mangrove creeks with fellow masters students Meredith Montgomery and Alecia Adamson Janice Kerns (PhD student: Mike Allen advisor) and Carla Garreau (MS student: Ruth Francis-Floyd advisor) were awarded 2011 Roger Rottmann Memorial Scholarships by the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at the January meeting of the Southern Division in Tampa. Dr. Karl Havens became an Associate Editor for the international journal Hydrobiologia. Loren Mathews a PhD candidate advised by Ed Phlips, was the recipient of the 2010 Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation $3,000 Graduate Scholarship Recognition based on her outstanding academic achievements and commitment to the ideals of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Dr. Jeff Hill became President of the Introduced Fish Section of the American Fisheries Society and an AFS Governing Board Member. Dana Bigham a PhD student advised by Dan Canfield, and Geoffrey Smith an MS student advised by Deb Murie, were the Graduate Students of the Year in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Dana also received the Best Student Poster Award from the North American Lake Management Society, and the Best Student Paper Award by the Florida Lake Management Society. Upcoming Events Upcoming Events Manage the Pond & Mind the Creek Workshop This forest stewardship workshop focuses on managing ponds for recreational and/or commercial fishing, with guidance on protecting water and enhancing wildlife habitat along lakes, rivers, and other water features. Workshops will be held in Marion (April 8), Holmes (April 28), and Highlands (May 12) counties. For more information, or to register, see Upcoming Events at: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/ index.html, or contact Chuck Cichra (firstname.lastname@example.org). Training in Geographic Information Systems. Faculty with the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida Sea Grant will hold a 3-day intensive workshop on ArcGIS 10, a powerful tool for managing natural resources and guiding growth and development processes. The workshop will be held in Gainesville from May 2nd through May 4th. For more information or to register, go to: http:// www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/gisworkshop/. 15th Annual Fishing Tournament Join us on Saturday, May 14th, at Cedar Cove in Cedar Key. Prizes will be awarded! The $15 per person entry fee includes a family fish fry (under 10 free). The event is co-hosted by the UF Fisheries and Aquatics Sciences Program and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. For more information or registration forms, contact Mike Allen (email@example.com). Northeast Florida Boating and Waterways Workshop The first annual workshop will be held August 16th & 17th in Milton. For more information, contact Chris Verlinde (firstname.lastname@example.org). Faculty, staff, and graduate students attending a Graduate Student Symposium at Mace Lodge in Austin Cary Memorial Forest. Graduate students pres ented their research and/ or proposed research projects over a two day period.
5 Arthur, R., Lorenzen, K., Homekingkeo, P., Sidavong, K ., Sengvilaikham, B., and Garaway, C. (2010). Assessing impacts of introduced aquaculture speci es on native fish communities: Nile tilapia and major carps in SE Asian freshwaters. Aquaculture 81-88. Bachmann, R. W. (2010). From Okoboji to Okeechobee. LakeLine 30, 25-27. Baker, P., Zimmanck, F., and Baker, S. (2010). F eeding rates of an introduced freshwater gastropod Pomacea insularum on native and nonindigenous aquatic plants in Florida. Journal of Molluscan Studies 138-143. Baremore, I. E., Murie, D. J., and Carlson, J. K. (2010). Seas onal and size-related shifts in di et of the Atlantic angel shark Squatina dumeril in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Aquatic Biology 8, 125-136. Behringer, D., and Butler IV, M. (2010). Disease avoidance influences shelter use and pred ation in Caribbean spiny lobster. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64, 747-755. Behringer, D., Butler IV, M., and Shields, J. (2010). A review of the lethal spiny lobster virus PaV1 ten years after its discovery Cumana, Venezuela. Bostock, J., McAndrew, B., Richards, R., Jauncey, K., Telf er, T., Lorenzen, K., Little, D., Ross, L., Handisyde, N., Gatward, I., and Corner, R. (2010). A quaculture: global status and trends. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 2897-2912. Bunch, A., Allen, M., and Gwinn, D. ( 2010). Spatial and temporal hypoxia dynamics in dense emergent macrophytes in a Florida Lake. Wetlands 429-435. Butler IV, M., Mojica, A., Sosa-Cordero, E., Millet, M., Sanchez-Navarro, P., Maldonado, M., Posada, J., Rodriquez, B., Rivas, C., Oviedo, A., Arrone, M., Prada, M., Bach, N., Jimenez, N., Garcia-Rivas, M., Forman, K., Behringer, D., Matthews, T., Paris, C., and Cowen, R. (2010). Patterns of spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) postlarval recruitment in the Caribbean: a CRTR project Cumana, Venezuela. Canfield, D. E. J. (2010). Why NALMS? LakeLine 30, 20-22. Canfield, D. E. J., and Bachmann, R. W. (2010). The Lakewa tch story: engaging the citizen scientist in environmental research. LakeLine 29, 23-26. Catalano, M., and Allen, M. (2010). A sizeand age-structured m odel to estimate fish recruitment, growth, mortality, and gear selectivity. Fisheries Research 38-45. Catalano, M., Allen, M., Schaus, M., Buck D., and Beaver, J. (2010). Evaluating s hort-term effects of omnivorous fish removal on water quality and zoop lankton at a subtropical lake. Hydrobiologia 159-169. Cowan, J. H., Grimes, C. B., Patterson III, W. F., Walters, C. J., Jones, A. C., Lindberg, W. J., Sheehy, D. J., Pine III, W. E., Powers, J. E., Campbell, M. D., Lindeman, K. C., Diamond, S. L., Hilborn, R., Gibson, H. T., and Rose, K. A. (2010). Red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico: scienceor faith-based? Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. Crane, M., Grossa, M., Matthiessen, P., Ankleyc, G., Ax ford, S., Bjerregaarde, P., Brown, R., Chapman, P., Dorgeloh, M., Galay-Burgosi, M., Green, J., Hazlerigg, C., Janssen, J., Lorenzen, K., Parrott n, J., Rufli, H., Schfers, C., Seki, M., Stolzenberg, H. C., van der Hoevens, N., Vethaak, D., Winfield, I., Zok, S., and Wheeler, J. (2010). Multi-criteria decision analysis of test endpoints for detecting endocrine active substances in fish full life cycle tests. Integrated Environmenta l Assessment and Management 6, 378-389. Crosby, T. C., Petty, B. D., Hamlin, H. J., Guillette, L.J., Hill, J. E., Hartman, K. H., and Yanong, R. P. E. (2010a). Plasma cortisol, blood glucose, and marketability of Koi transported with metomidate hydrochloride. North American Journal of Aquaculture 72, 141-149. Dix, N., Phlips, E., Baker, S., Badylak, S., Sturmer, L., and Hulen, K. (2010). What do clams eat? University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Scien ces, Cooperative Extension Service. Duarte, C. M., Martinez, R., Prairie, Y. T., Frazer, T. K., Ho yer, M. V., Notestein, S. K., and Canfield, D. E. (2010). Rapid accretion of dissolved organic carbon in the springs of Florida: the most organic-poor natural waters. Biogeosciences 7, 4051-4057. Gwinn, D., and Allen, M. (2010). Explori ng Population-Level Effects of Fishery Closures during spawning: an example using largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 626-634. Gwinn, D., Allen, M., and Rogers, M. (2010). Evaluation of pr ocedures to reduce bias in fish growth parameter estimates resulting from size-selective sampling. Fisheries Research 75-79. (Continued on page 6) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Publications in 2010 Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Publications in 2010
6 Havens, K., and Beaver, J. (2010a). Micr obial food webs and lake management. LakeLine Summer 2010, 32-35. Havens, K. E., and Beaver, J. R. (2010b). Composition, size and biomass of zooplankton in large productive Florida lakes. Hydrobiologia. Heffernan, J. B., Cohen, M. J., Frazer, T. K ., Thomas, R. G., Rayfield, T. J., Gulley, J., Martin, J. B., Delfino, J. J., and Graham, W. D. (2010). Hydrologic and biotic influences on nitrate removal in a subtropical spring-fed river. Limnology and Oceanography 55, 249-263. Heffernan, J. B., Liebowitz, D. M., Frazer, T. K., Evans, J. M., and Cohen, M. J. (2010). Algal blooms and the nitrogenenrichment hypothesis in Florida springs: evid ence, alternatives, and adaptive management. Ecological Applications 20, 816-829. Hervas, S., Lorenzen, K., Shane, M., and Drawbridge, M. (2010). Quantitative assessm ent of a white seabass ( Atractoscion nobilis ) stock enhancement program in California: Post-release dispersal, growth and survival. Fisheries Research 237243. Hunt, T., Allen, M., Douglas, J., and Gason, A. (2010). Evalua tion of a sport fish stocking program in lakes of the Southern Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 805-811. Langston, J. N., Schoefield, P. J., Hill, J. E., and Loftus, W. F. (2010). Salin ity tolerance of the African jewelfish Hemichromis letourneuxi a non-native cichlid in South Florida. Copeia 2010, 475-480. Lindberg, W., and Schrope, M. (2010). Understanding the ecology of artificial reefs: No simple answers Florida Sea Grant College Program. Lindberg, W. J., Seaman, W., Walczak, J., Mille, K., Karazsia, J. White, M., Blair, S., Thanner, S., Sathe, M., Banks, K., Phipps, J., Vare, C., Stanaland, B., Fitzpatrick, K., and Barry, B. (2010). Guidelines and management practices for artificial reef siting, usage constructi on and anchoring in Southeast Florida Florida Sea Grant College Program. Lorenzen, K., Leber, K. M., and Blankenship, H. L. (2010). Responsible approach to marine stock enhancement: an update. Reviews in Fisheries Science 18, 189-210. Lorenzen, K., Steneck, R., Warner, R., Parma, A., Coleman, F., and Leber, K. (2010). The spatial dimensions of fisheries: putting it all in place. Bulletin of Marine Science 169-177. McGrath, A. L., and Lorenzen, K. (2010). Management hist ory and climate as key factors driving natterjack toad population trends in Britain. Animal Conservation 13, 483-494. Phlips, E., Badylak, S., Christman, M., and Lasi, M. (2010). Climatic trends and temporal patterns of phytoplankton composition, abundance and succession in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 33, 498-513. Pouder, D. B., Yanong, R. P. E., and Wolf, J. (2010). "Gon ad gone awry: malignant gonadal tumors in a Featherfin Squeaker Synodontis euptera ." Paper presented at the Eastern Fish H ealth Workshop, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2010. Purtlebaugh, C., and Allen, M. (2010). Relative abundance, growth, and mortality of five age-0 estuarine fishes in relation to discharge of the Suwannee River, Florida. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 1233-1246. Riley, L., Baker, S., and Phlips, E. (2010). A new devise fo r crushing rigid biomass and geologic materials prior to compositional analyses. Journal of Paleolimnology 44, 737-739. Riley, L., Baker, S., and Phlips, E. (2010). Self-adhesi ve wire markers for bivalve tag and recapture studies. American Malacological Bulletin 28, 183-184. Riley, L., Dix, N., and Phlips, E. (2010). A new attachment devise for deployment of monitoring equipment in estuaries and other high energy environments. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 65, 502-522. Rogers, M., Allen, M., Brown, P., Hunt, T., Fulton, W., and Ingram, B. (2010). A simulation model to explore the relative value of stock enhancement versus harvest regulations for fishery sustainability. Ecological Modelling 919-926. Swett, R. A. (2010). Coastal and marine sp atial planning. Florida Sea Grant Extension Fact Sheet, SGEF 178, University of Florida, Gainesville. Welcomme, R., Cowx, I., Coates, D., Bene, C., Funge-Smith, S., Halls, A., and Lorenzen, K. (2010). Inland capture fisheries. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 2881-2896. (Continued on page 7) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Publications (cont) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Publications (cont)
7 Wright, D. D., Frazer, T. K., and Reinfelder, J. R. (2010). Th e influence of river plume dynamics on trace metal accumulation in calanoid copepods. Limnology and Oceanography 55, 2487-2502. Yanong, R. P. E. (2010). Peces de acuario. In Atlas de Medicina de Animales Exoticos 2da ed. (Aguilar, R. F., HernandezDivers, S. M., Hernandez-Divers, S. J., and Perpinan, D., eds.), pp. 75-111. Ed itorial Inter-Medica SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yanong, R. P. E., and Pouder, D. B. (2010). "Vibriosis in my freshwater ornamental fish? But I said "Hold the Salt!"." Paper presented at the Eastern Fish Health Works hop, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2010. Yanong, R. P. E., Pouder, D. B., and Falkinham, J. O. (2010). Association of mycobacteria in recirculating aquaculture systems and mycobacterial disease in fish. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 22, 219-223. Yanong, R. P. E. (2010). Viral Nervous Necr osis (Betanodavirus) Infections in fish. University of Florida EDIS Publication FA180. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa180. Yanong, R. P. E. (2010). Lymphocystis disease in fish. University of Florida EDIS Publication FA181. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ fa181. Yanong, R. P. E. and Waltzek, T. B. (2010). Megalocytivirus inf ections in fish, with emphasis on ornamental species. University of Florida EDIS Publication FA 182. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa182. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Publications (cont) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Publications (cont)Spatial Planning (Contd from Page 2) The process provides a comprehensive overview of channel conditions, and the geographic distribution and severity of impediments to safe navigation and resource protection. It also supports more efficient permitting and saves tax dollars. Compared with traditi onal approaches to waterway management, the science-based regional waterway management system is unbiased, transparent, ecologically sound and fiscally prudent. Sources : Interagency Ocean Policy Task Fo rce. Interim framework for effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning. The White House Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, D.C., December 9, 2009. Ehler, C. and Douvere, F. (2009). Marine spatial planning: a step-by-step approach toward ecosystem-based management. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Man and the Biosphere Programme. IOC Manua ls and Guides No. 53, ICAM Dossier No. 6. Paris. UNESCO. Swett, R. A. (2010). Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning. Florida Sea Grant Extension Fact Sheet, SGEF 178, University of Florida, Gainesville. Swett, R. A., Listowski, C., Fry, D., Boutelle, S., and Fann, D. (2009). A regional waterway management system for balancing recreational boating and resource protection. Environmental Management 43(6): 962-971. Bob Swett is an associate professor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and Coordinator of the Florida Sea Grant Boating and Waterway Planning Program. email@example.com. Access in a Rural County (Contd from Page 3) I also compared the top 15 favorite access locations and the top 15 avoided access locations to develop the priority list of waterway access planning recommendations for each coastal region. The recommendations are intended to help the County prioritize where improvements to existing public coastal access facilities should occur and where new facilities should be built based on current and future waterway access needs. The recommendations include respondent-generated suggestions of the type of infrastructure improvements the County should perform in particular regions or at particular locations to maximize the utility of coastal access points. If the County could only implement two recommendations, I suggest the construction of a dditional boat ramps in the Central coastal region (Keaton Beach) and the South coastal region (Steinhatchee) with ample parking to accommodate the future recreational demand. This will help to offset the demand users place on other access locations. This reallocation of demand could eliminate the need for some of the other recommendations. In the end, Taylor County will need to determine the best course of action based on its budgetary constraints, and its ability to obtain the permits required to implement the chosen recommendations. For further information: Sidman, C., Fik, T., Davidson, G., Swett, R., and Vose, F. (2011). Planning for Waterway Access in Taylor County, Florida: Residents and Users Speak. Florida Sea Grant Technical Paper TP 177. University of Florida, Gainesville. Garin Davidson is lab manager for the Florida Sea Grant Boating and Waterway Planning Program. firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 Dr. Juliane Struve is interested in spatial fisheries ecolo gy and spatial modeling tools. She has a background in aquatic ecology and environmental e ngineering and previous experience in water quality and hydraulic modeling. She is particularly inte rested in dispersion models and currently works on geographic movement of coastal fish. She is also working on a modeling tool for nutrient dynamics and bacterial contamination of lakes. New Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Faculty New Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Faculty Dr. Rob Ahrens primary research interest is in the de velopment of quantitative assessment models aimed at improving the management of natural p opulations. His research to date has ranged from developing simple single species assessments to gl obal ecosystem models. In addition, Dr. Ahrens maintains a keen interest in exploring exploitatio n by humans as a selective force and the population level consequences of such selection. He taught unde rgraduate and graduate le vel courses at the University of British Columbia si nce 2001 pertaining to quantitative stock assessment, applied ecology, as well as theoretical population dynamics and modeling. Dr. Don Behringer s field of expertise is marine ecology with focus on: 1) marine diseases, and 2) the resilience and restoration of benthic marine communities (e.g., coral reefs and tropical hardbottom areas) affected by human or natural disturba nces. The two are not mutually exclusive in that the effects of disease are altered or exacerbated by im pacts to the habitat structure that sessile marine communities provide. The emergence and impact of diseases in marine populations is increasingly recognized as an issue of major environmental concern and Dons research uses the novel virus Panulirus argus Virus 1 (PaV1), discovered infecting the Caribbean spiny lobster, as a model system. The other focus of his research targets hard-bottom comm unities in southeast Florida and the Florida Keys with the aim of determining human impact patterns and the potential for sustainable use or need for restoration. His research cuts across disciplines and forms a bridge between the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Emerging Pathogens Institute. Dr. Kai Lorenzen is interested in addressing complex fisheries management problems through integrative-interdisciplinary science. His research integrates quantitative ecology with human dimensions and engages closely with management initiatives. A pa rticular focus is on assessing and improving the use of hatchery and ha bitat enhancement and restoration measures in fisheries management. Kai also conducts basic research in fi sh population biology. Other interests include the conservation of aquatic resources in agricultural landscapes, design of aquaculture systems, domestication effects and interactions between cultur ed and wild fish, and the epidemiology of fish diseases.