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A remarkable new course at the University of West Florida

Starting in the spring, the University of West Florida College of Business will offer a new class to its students. The course is designed to explore the potential of trapping a highly invasive species, such as the horsetail. University officials believe that in this way they can help reduce the threat that the horsetail poses
Published: November 12, 2018 - 18:26
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:28
A remarkable new course at the University of West Florida

Starting in the spring, the University of West Florida College of Business will offer a new class to its students. The course is designed to explore the potential of trapping a highly invasive species, such as the horsetail. University officials believe that in this way they can help reduce the threat that the horsetail poses to native species in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new course is interdisciplinary and addresses a whole range of issues from science, ethics, trade, supply chain marketing, consumer education and much more.

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The Gulf of Mexico lacks natural predators to regulate wingfish populations, hence the species has become a huge problem. Students taking the course will learn about the impact of wingfish on marine and coastal ecosystems, as well as on industries such as tourism and recreation.

After researching the market, it turns out that there is a demand for wings in the catering industry. However, this species is so specific that the only effective way of obtaining it is by underwater hunting.

The creators of the new course hope it will be the first of many that combine business education opportunities while seeking solutions to pressing Gulf of Mexico and coastal issues.

As an invasive species, winged wrens are a serious problem. In many places, lacking a natural predator to regulate their populations, the species is expanding to the point of redefining the entire ecosystem within which it operates and leading to its degradation and the extinction of many other species.

Source: pulsegulfcoast.com

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