Rick O'Connor Sea Grant Extension Agent

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Name: Rick O'Connor
Date registered: March 19, 2012

Latest posts

  1. So What’s Good with Local Seafood? — August 18, 2017
  2. Trying to Solve the Marine Debris Problem — August 11, 2017
  3. The Sea Turtle Baby Shower — August 7, 2017
  4. Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) — July 31, 2017
  5. The Health Advisory Bug; Enterococcus faecalis — July 2, 2017

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So What’s Good with Local Seafood?

Actually, if you like seafood – it’s all good! However, not everyone does and sometimes when this question is asked they are interested in not how it taste but where the seafood came from. In recent years, there has been a move across the country to learn more about where their food comes from. Whether …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/08/18/so-whats-good-with-local-seafood/

Trying to Solve the Marine Debris Problem

Since the early 1970’s, when Chief Iron Eyes Cody shed a tear on a television commercial, we have been trying to reduce the amount of solid waste found along our beaches and within our waters.   Though numerous agencies and civic groups, led by the Ocean Conservancy, have held beach and underwater clean ups over the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/08/11/trying-to-solve-the-marine-debris-problem/

The Sea Turtle Baby Shower

Each year citizen groups from Pensacola Beach host the SEA TURTLE BABY SHOWER.  This fun family event is designed to educate adults and youth about our local sea turtles and some of the hurdles they face. It is always fun and always family oriented.  There will be music, games, contests, and educational booths.  UF IFAS …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/08/07/the-sea-turtle-baby-shower/

Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

Also known as the Water Moccasin, this is a snake that is all too familiar with most Floridians… Or is it? Several non-venomous water snakes are often confused with the cottonmouth and are thus killed.  That said, cottonmouths are common in the state near areas of water and many residents do have encounters with them. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/07/31/cottonmouth-agkistrodon-piscivorus/

The Health Advisory Bug; Enterococcus faecalis

Water quality is a concern for many in the Pensacola Bay area. Our bay has had many human induced stressors over the decades but “swimming alerts” or “health advisories” are of primary concern.   Health advisories are issued when indicator bacteria levels reach a high point. These bacteria are what care called fecal bacteria due …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/07/02/the-health-advisory-bug-enterococcus-faecalis/

Health Advisory Issued for Bayou’s Chico and Grande

With the rain continuing to come – we continue to get reports of health advisories being issued.  This week FDEP sampled 17 stations and only Chico and Grande had high enough levels to warrant an advisory.  You can view all the data by visiting the marine science section of this website and view SEA GRANT …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/30/health-advisory-issued-for-bayous-chico-and-grande/

Seawater… It’s a Blue Ocean

  However, here is what is amazing… you take a glass and dip into the Gulf – raise it to observe – and it is clear… like a glass of water. There is no color to it at all.  The emerald greens and cobalt blues are gone.  What happen?  We say the sea is blue, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/30/seawater-its-a-blue-ocean/

Health Advisory Issued for Sanders Beach

As you can imagine with all of this rain, the bacteria levels are probably high in local waters.  However, because of the bad weather agencies were not able to sample most locations.  Bayou Texar was sampled by the Department of Health on Monday June 19 and all was well.  The same day Sanders Beach (at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/23/health-advisory-issued-for-sanders-beach/

Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound Scallop Search Postponed Due to Bad Water Conditions

The first of two bay scallop searches set up by Florida Sea Grant in Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound will be postponed.  The first was scheduled for this Saturday – June 24 – but water conditions as result of the recent weather have made snorkeling for scallops almost impossible; the water visibility is zero.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/22/big-lagoon-and-santa-rosa-sound-scallop-search-postponed-due-to-bad-water-conditions/

It is Scallop Season… to the east of us

It’s that time of year. Time to load up the mask and snorkels and head to the Big Bend for scallop season.  This is a great family activity.  The waters are relatively shallow and close to shore – pretty safe swimming.  The seagrass is lush and full of marine life other than scallops – cool …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/06/17/it-is-scallop-season-to-the-east-of-us/

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