Monthly Archive: October 2015

National Seafood Month… Red Snapper

If shrimp are king of the shellfish industry, then red snapper are the king of the finfish world. It is arguably the most economically and ecologically important reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico. This fishery began in 1872 with four “snapper smacks” out of Pensacola. By 1890 the fleet had grown to 34 vessels …

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Water Quality Update – October 9, 2015

Very few samples were collected and analyzed this week. Samples were collected from Floridatown, Blackwater River (@ Milton), and Bayou Texar only. Salinities seemed a bit high at both Floridatown and Bayou Texar. Dissolved oxygens are fine. Bacteria levels are fine.   High levels of Karenia brevis (red tide) were reported along shore and offshore …

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National Seafood Month – shrimp

Shrimp… nothing says seafood along the Gulf coast like shrimp. It has been a staple part of our diet for decades; boiled, fried, steamed, stuffed, shish-kabobbed, As Forrest Gump said there are a million ways to cook shrimp and as Jack and Anne Rudloe mention their book, Shrimp, the Endless Quest for Pink Gold, there …

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Escambia County 4-H Foundation Board Meeting – Oct 6th 4:30 p.m.

The next Escambia County 4-H Foundation Board Meeting will be on October 6th at 4:30 pm. Place: Langley Bell 4-H Center – Multi Purpose Room 3730 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL 32533 Date:  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Time:  4:30 pm Agenda 1.  Escambia County 4-H Foundation Board Agenda 2.  4-H  Foundation Budget 3.  4-H Report of activities and successes for 2015 4.  …

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Health Advisories Issued for Area Waters – September 25, 2015

As you might expect – after the heavy rain Monday there are health advisories for all three of the major bayous and for Big Lagoon.   Combined with that are some drastic changes in salinities for some bodies of water. Bayou Chico logged a salinity of 2.1 ppt (basically freshwater) but upper Perdido Bay logged …

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National Seafood Month – the state of seafood

While directing the Marine Science Academy for the Escambia County School District I had students conduct small, informal, surveys targeting the popularity of seafood with students, parents, and the community. The purpose of these surveys was to kick start a discussion on the commercial fishing issue. The northern Gulf Coast has been known for several …

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Those Terrific Terrapins

They are marvelous creatures and there are very few panhandle residents who know what they are. My wife and I were introduced to Diamondback Terrapins by George Heinrich in 2005. George was the president of a nonprofit, Florida Turtle Conservation Trust, and a member of the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group, a national group of terrapin …

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