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JU Marine Science Research Institute partners with
Jacksonville Marine Charities on Kingfish research
University’s Marine Science Research Institute has received a $2,500 gift from
the organizer of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament to
study the diet and migratory patterns of king mackerel.
partnered with the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament for more than 30
years, and are indebted to them for their continued support of our students and
research,” Dr. Quinton White, executive director of the JU Marine Science
Research Institute, said at a news event Friday, Dec. 6. “This research is
timely and will help us unravel some of the mystery of kingfish migration.”
graduate student Andrea Leontiou will conduct the research, which focuses on
recreational and commercial catches of the fish in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf
developing a better idea of the stock structures of king mackerel in the
Southeastern United States, we can find ways to ensure they are well maintained
for future fishing,” she said.
Jim Suber of Jacksonville Marine Charities Inc., which holds the Kingfish
Tournament, said it was critical for the organization to fund the research.
falls into the category of where we need to be with Jacksonville University and
the city to sustain this species,” he said. “Without the species, we would need
to change the name of our tournament. We feel strongly that this investment in
the survival of the kingfish is directly related to our tournament’s future. We
hope the research helps us learn more to keep the species strong.”
the study, stable isotope analysis will be conducted to determine chemical
differences in both stocks’ diets and the waters in which they spend most of
their time. Instead of using dorsal spines as has been done in the past, the
king mackerel’s otoliths (earstones) will be studied. These calcified
structures provide an uninterrupted record of the internal and external
environment of the fish.
analyzing these structures, we will be able to determine both the waters in
which a king mackerel has lived, and what it ate during different stages of its
life,” Leontiou noted.
otoliths from the fish were collected from Atlantic king mackerel during the
2013 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, while Gulf Coast samples were
collected through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
About Jacksonville Marine Charities
Jacksonville Marine Charities Inc. is committed to providing an outstanding
fishing tournament, the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, which will
promote and encourage marine conservation; create, preserve, and maintain
fishing habitats, both natural and artificial; promote public access to such
facilities; and foster education with regard to marine science and research.
For more information, visit http://kingfishtournament.com.
are now being accepted for the annual Guy Harvey Scholarship Award to recognize
outstanding achievement of Florida university students conducting research that
will help support sustainable management of marine fish.
competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled
full-time at one of Florida’s institutions of higher education, and conducting
research related to the biology, ecology, habitat or management of fish in
Florida’s marine environment.
scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to winners. The funds may be used
to support equipment purchases, travel and other expenses incurred in the
course of the student’s respective research project.
year, six individual winners and a team of two students were selected from
among a record pool of 52 applicants. The research projects ranged from
evaluating how the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have affected reproduction in
marine fish, to understanding how fish capture their prey.
application packet consists of the student’s resume, a career statement, a
description of their research, a photocopy of their college transcripts, and
one letter of recommendation. Students conducting research within a broad
spectrum of methods needed to effectively understand and sustainably manage
marine fish are eligible to apply, as long as the research bears a direct
relationship to fish.
Guy Harvey award, which is now in its fifth year, has given $84,000 in
scholarships to 19 students at 7 different Florida universities. It is funded
by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and administered by Florida Sea Grant.
for the 2014 program are due at Florida Sea Grant by 5 p.m. Friday, January 31,
will be selected by a panel of faculty members from Florida universities, who
will then recommend scholarship nominees to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for
final selection. If you are a Campus Coordinator, and would like to
volunteer to serve on the selection committee (with a $500 honorarium) please
let me know – I am looking for 3 people willing to do this important screening.
application details, as well as summaries of previously funded projects, are
available at the Florida Sea Grant website at this link: http://bit.ly/17OFCJe.
Here is a link to the new web site of Florida Sea Grant. I think that you fill find it to be much improved in regard to easy access to any information that you are seeking – whether it be information about funding opportunities, scholarships for students, or just information about recent impacts of the program.
The site is set with a high level of security, so if your network also is very secure, the first thing you might see is just text, and then a box at the bottom asking if you want to display images.
Please share: Florida Sea Grant is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate students interested in ocean/coastal research.
Applications are due October 30, 2013.
Please note three opportunities for funding right now from Florida Sea Grant.
· Aylesworth Scholarship Program
· Florida Sea Grant Scholars
Please note that we intend to support five (5) Florida Sea Grant Scholars, at $2,000 each. Right now the web page says two (2) and this will be corrected tomorrow.
The other opportunity is the Florida Sea Grant Newell Seminar Series.
This year our plan is to support up to 15 speakers at FL universities, each with $1,000 of travel costs. The information about applying will be posted tomorrow or Friday. The applications are very brief, and we want to have them all in hand by October 30 so that we can inform you of the selected speakers on or before November 15th. These funds are intended to support seminars that happen in the spring 2014 semester.
Karl E. Havens, Ph.D., Director, Florida Sea Grant College Program
Professor, UF/IFAS Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
803 McCarty Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611
Office Phone: (352) 392-5870; Cell Phone: (352) 284-8558
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