Fish Kills Ocurring and Health Advisory Issued for Bayou Texar – Oct 17

The heavy rain associated with the front that moved through earlier this week increased runoff and bacteria counts. Though we are not monitoring the Sound for this project residents should be aware that the bacteria counts at Ft. Pickens this week were 450 colonies of bacteria / 100ml of sample and the Navarre Sound sample …

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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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Escambia County 4-H Foundation Executive Board & Financial Review Committee Meetings

  Date: Monday, October 13, 2014. Time: Executive Board at noon, Financial Review Committee at 1:00 pm. Location: Main Library Branch Conference Room, 239 N. Spring Street, Pensacola.   Agenda for Executive Board Meeting: New 4-H Building Update. Audio/Video Proposal –4-H  Building Budget for 2013-2014. Other needs 2014-2015. 2014-2015 Budget Update. 4-H Staffing / Positions. …

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Beekeepers Workshop And Trade Show 2014

  The Florida State Beekeepers Association, Central Panhandle Beekeepers Association, Tupelo Beekeepers Association, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and UF/IFAS Extension, are proud to offer the 4th annual Beekeepers Workshop & Tradeshow! This event will provide hands-on educational opportunities including interaction with expert beekeepers, open hive demonstrations, and more!  Access Flyer for more …

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Cogongrass Treatment Program

The 2014 Cogongrass treatment cost-share program sign-up period has begun.  Applications will be accepted through February 27, 2015.   If you, a client, or a neighbor has cogongrass, here is a way to get some help treating it. For your application to be processed and considered you need the following complete: Application (available here) Site visit …

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Recreational Red Grouper Fishing Closing in Federal Waters

FWC announced today (Sep 30) that recreational fishing for red grouper in federal waters (9-200 nautical miles offshore) will close October 4 and remain closed until December 31.  For more information visit www.MyFWC.com

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