The Cedar Key Aquaculture Association invites the clam aquaculture community to participate in developing an industry action plan for marketing, research, and marine debris as part of their annual general membership meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2104 at the Community Center located on 809 Sixth Street in Cedar Key.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., members can complete their annual business with the Association by renewing their 2014-15 membership and Anchor Hole agreement, electing Board of Directors for the upcoming year, and getting caught up on the various activities the Association has been conducting over the past year and plans for the upcoming year.
From 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., brief introductions and updates will be provided on the following industry topics: Marketing by Martin May, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture Marketing; Research by Dr. Huiping Yang and Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida IFAS; and Marine Debris Recovery by Paul Zajicek, DACS Division of Aquaculture.
To develop an action plan and set priorities for the future, break-out sessions will allow participants to contribute ideas as to what is needed for the industry to move forward in each of these areas. Each person will individually rate and rank ideas to determine priorities and provide guidance for state agency and university representatives.
Pizza and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Rose Cantwell, Association Chair at 352-543-6436, other Board of Director Members, or Leslie Sturmer, UF Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program, at 352-543-5057. This is the night for industry members to contribute their ideas and make their choices count.
Big plants, small pots, multi-colored flowers, variegated foliage, baskets of tiny trees, dripping ferns… whatever the kind of plant in whatever kind of container you could imagine… were in attendance at the UF/ IFAS Regional Master Gardener Advanced Training session in Gainesville at the Paramount Plaza Hotel this past Friday, August 15, 2014.
Approximately 600 green thumbs…on 300 gardeners…from more than thirteen different counties…were also in attendance to learn and take in the fellowship.
BLACK BEAR CURRICULUM TEACHES KIDS ABOUT WILDLIFE, MEETS FLORIDA EDUCATION STANDARDS
August 16, 2014
Giving schoolchildren a chance to learn all about Florida black bears is a great way to teach them about wildlife, while sharpening their skills in reading, math, science and problem solving.
For that reason, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Florida Black Bear Curriculum, and put it online for the first time at BlackBearInfo.com.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Levy County.
The class is September 6 from 9am to 5pm in Chiefland. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete this classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.
AUGUST "OUTTA THE WOODS"
The Cedar Key Art Center’s Summer Art Program which ran from July 14 to July 25, 2014, resulted in spectacular student art projects, not to mention much fun and camaraderie. Door décor, life-sized portraits (now hanging in the CKAC stairwell), posters, paintings, and more pieces are captured in pictures taken by Will Valen, of Cedar Key Multi Media. Just click below.
For the upcoming Primary Election in Levy County, early voting will take place at the Supervisor of Elections office in Bronson (421 South Court Street, just south of the Courthouse) from 8 am to 6 pm August 11 to August 23, 2014. This includes both Saturday and Sunday during that period.
Voters will need to bring current and valid photo identification in order to vote. Most voters use their Florida driver's license.
“Be a Hero!” by getting decals that help with the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management of Florida’s endangered manatees and sea turtles. People can receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee or sea turtle decal, and show their support for saving these iconic Florida species, with a donation of $5. Rescues of manatees and sea turtles that are injured, ill or otherwise in distress are one of the many FWC conservation activities supported by decal donations.
SAVE THE DATE
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER
August 8, 2014
The Cedar Key Arts Center Opening “Museum on Main Street” opens on September 27 from 5 to 7pm at the Arts Center on Second Street, Cedar Key.
The Second Swap Meet happens on October 18, during the Seafood Festival. Bring your items to trade or sell; they should represent art or art materials. Participate in free will Donation if you have nothing to swap. Free participation by Cedar Key Arts Center members.
The Writer's workshop will occur this fall; more information will be available soon.
An update on the CKAC building project is coming soon!
SAND SPIT BEACH PHOTO BY MOLLY JUBITZ ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014
The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) reopened Aug. 1.
In Gulf federal waters, greater amberjack also opened Aug. 1, but gray triggerfish will remain closed through Dec. 31.
In both state and federal Gulf waters, greater amberjack must be larger than 30 inches when measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail to be harvested when the season is open. There is a daily bag limit of one fish per person.
Gray triggerfish must be larger than 14 inches when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail to be taken in state and federal Gulf waters when the season is open. There is a two-fish daily bag limit per person.
Seasonal harvest closures, as well as size and bag limits, help conserve Florida’s valuable greater amberjack and gray triggerfish populations and improve opportunities in these fisheries for the future.