The Florida Department of Environmental Protection only sampled Bayou Texar this week. The Escambia County Health Department only sampled Bayou’s Texar and at Sander’s Beach at the mouth of Bayou Chico – these data all look fine.
Red tide continues in Pinellas and Manatee counties – Pinellas has reported fish kills and human respiratory problems – all clear in the panhandle.
FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties
No fish kills reported in April
No health advisories issued this week
Water temperature in Texar is 70 F.
The salinity in Bayou Texar is still lower than normal. This week it was 1.8 ppt. It is typically around 15.0 ppt at this station.
DO in Texar was 7.0 mg/L – which is fine.
No updates on nutrients this week. You can read about nutrients from 2015 from local waters in the 2015 Water Quality Report. Again, just let me know if you would like a copy. Roc1@ufl.edu
MARINE DEBRIS PLASTICS
Ocean Hour this week – Ft. Pickens. Sign in at 8:45, clean up is from 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Terrapin surveys began this week. 9 heads were spotted in Indian Bayou – no nesting reported yet.
One dead horseshoe crab was found at Ft. Pickens.
Scallop surveys will begin later this summer
Inshore lionfish surveys will begin later this summer
Here are the numbers…
Water Body Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) DO(mg/L) ENT bacteria count (colonies/100ml)
Texar 70 1.8 7.0 26
Chico no data
Grande no data
Low Perdido no data
Up Perdido no data
Gulf Breeze no data
Bayou Texar – Good
Sanders Beach / Bayou Chico – Good
Bayou Grande – no data
Big Lagoon – no data