Happy Halloween! – No Health Advisories Issued– Oct 31

We close the month of October with an “ALL CLEAR”. Lower bay waters are all running around 75°F, salinity around 25 ppt, and the visibility continues to be good.   There were 3 fish kills reported this month. The total number of dead fish reported was 400 and all were from Bayou Texar.   The …

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2015 Small Farm Series: Organic Vegetable Production

Registration is now open for the 2015 Small Farm Series: Organic Vegetable Production that will be held the evenings of January 15, 22, and 29 throughout the Panhandle of Florida.  Cost of the course is $30 per person or $45 per couple. The speakers who will be presenting are known throughout the South for their knowledge of this …

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Escambia Marine Science Education Fish Fry

The high school marine science programs in Escambia County will be having a fish fry to raise money supporting their water quality monitoring and other projects.  These students provide useful data for Sea Grant, Escambia County, and other monitoring agencies.  if you have questions please contact Rick O’Connor at (850) 475-5230 or roc1@ufl.edu.  For more …

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2014 Good Cheer Children’s Make-and-Take Workshop

UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County will host the 2014 Good Cheer Workshop on Monday, December 22nd from 9 to noon at the Perdido Bay United Methodist Multipurpose Hall.  This fun-filled morning is designed to fit the interests of youth from 1st to 5th grade.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn while doing—the morning will center …

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2014 Fall Farm Fest Agri-Showcase & Feral Swine Free Workshop

On November 15, 2014, FAMU Cooperative Extension Program will hold their 2014 Fall Farm Fest Agri-Showcase with many different tours, exhibits, demonstrations, and healthy food samples. Additionally there will be a 2K Farm Run/Walk, Kid’s Zone activities, and other fun activities and entertainment. Nominal registration fees. Coinciding with the Farm Fest will be a free …

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71st West Florida Livestock Show

  The 71st West Florida Livestock Show will be held on March 6th and 7th in Quincy, Florida.  If you are interested in showing a steer, heifer, or hog, these links contain the information you will need.  Please make a note of deadlines for weigh in and entry forms. Steer & Hog Rules Heifer Rules …

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Seafood Fraud in the U.S.

An investigation by Oceana was conducted from 2010-2012 to determine whether retail seafood outlets were honestly labeling their product.  674 outlets in 21 states were reviewed.  DNA testing found that 33% of the 1215 samples analyzed were mislabeled.  Of the most commonly collected fish types samples sold as snapper and tuna had the highest mislabeling rates …

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NOAA Seeking Public Input on Draft Statement for Red Snapper

NOAA Fisheries is interested in public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of the draft statement on Sept 5 of this year.  The purpose of the draft statement is …

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Lionfish Sighting Verified on Pensacola Beach

Bryan Clark of the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition and Coast Watch Alliance verified a sighting of a lionfish in our inshore waters.  The lionfish was seen, and photographed, at the snorkel reef at Park East this week.  Escambia County and Sea Grant continue to monitor our inshore reefs and other structures for lionfish.  If you …

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Fall Season Can Mean More Snake Encounters

In the last few weeks we have received an increase in calls about snake encounters. Most of these have dealt with small juvenile snakes folks are finding on their property, or in their homes, but we are also hearing about large ones.     Most of the 56 species of snakes found in the southeastern …

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