Educating with Extension Newsletters

Sea gull holding a sprig of sargassum. UF-IFAS Photo by Josh WickhamEach month, the Extension Service publishes a newsletter about its exciting programs and events both past and upcoming. See what we are doing and how you can become involved. 

For the August newsletter, we featured an article about Sargassum macroalgae written by our Sea Grant agent, Shelly Krueger. 


This summer, you may have noticed tons of brown organic material washed up on beaches and decaying all over the Atlantic side of the Florida Keys. But what is it, really? And why is it appearing on our beaches? It’s called sargassum, and it is brown algae, or seaweed, that floats in massive mats out on the open ocean. The area sargassum comes from is called the Sargasso Sea, which is not a true sea at all, but an area far offshore in the Atlantic Ocean between the eastern coast of Florida and Bermuda. 

For more about Sargassum and events and programs of the Extension Service, check out the August 2018 newsletter

If you, or someone you know, would like to begin receiving these newsletters, please contact Liz Yongue, at yongue-liz@monroecounty-fl.gov or (305) 292-4501. 

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