Boating and Waterways

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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Water Quality Update – October 23, 2015

Samples were collected from all stations except Bayou’s Chico and Grande. Water temperatures are beginning to decrease (we have a couple logged in the 60’s). Salinities remain a little higher than normal for most locations. Less than 50% of the stations we monitor measured dissolved oxygen this week but for those that did – no …

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National Estuaries Week! – Our Ports

Many may not know that one of the reasons the Spanish selected Pensacola as the site of for their first settlement in the Gulf of Mexico was the deep water port. As mentioned in the first issue in this series, the estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico are drowned river valleys and are typically very …

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National Estuaries Week! – Seafood

Yea, seafood… who doesn’t like seafood… actually, based on a small scale survey I conducted with marine science students over the last 28 years I have found a slight increase in the number of those who do not. Curious about this, I followed up by asking whether their concern was seafood safety or other. Almost …

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National Estuaries Week! – What is an Estuary?

Welcome to National Estuaries Week! Each year in the fall NOAA and other agencies try to educate residents about estuaries. The vast majority of humans on our planet live on, or near, an estuary – many not realizing the importance those bodies of water have on our economy and quality of life. We live on …

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E-15 Gasoline is Here… marine motors and lawn care providers should be aware

Okay… Let’s start at the beginning. We began drilling oil over 100 years ago. The crude was refined into kerosene, gasoline, plastics, and other products that have completely changed our lives. A huge international industry developed from the drilling and employed who knows how many people. But then a few problems began to emerge…   …

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Ocean Hour – Help Other Locals Keep Our Beaches Clean

Ocean Hour is a project organized and managed by Cleanpeace.  Each Saturday they select a location and clean solid waste for one hour.  This weekend they will be cleaning at Ft. Pickens.  Meet at the Langdon Beach pavilion at 8:45 AM if you would like to help. With the assistance from interns with the Escambia County …

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What Caused the Fish Kill Along Pensacola Beach?

  This past week hundreds of dead fish washed ashore on the Gulf side of the island. Most were of one species but there were others who died and it appeared they had been in the water for quite a while. Determining the cause of fish kill can be tricky. You can observe how many …

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Alligators Become More Active in Spring

The American Alligator is an icon of the state of Florida. Viewed on the program “Swamp People” and as the mascot of the University of Florida, most visitors to our state see this animal more on television than in the wild; but they are certainly there. In need of mates and calories from the lack …

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Outdoor Adventure is Nearby!

This time of year, many families are looking for ways to entertain their kids during spring break. For those not planning to travel far, our area is full of fun, and often inexpensive, outdoor adventures. As part of a series of field excursions led by Extension Agents over the past few years, we’ve been able …

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