Goliath Grouper Survey Begins this Week!

The goliath grouper is the largest member of the grouper family – reaching length’s of 8 ft and weight of over 800 lbs.  This species has been on FWC’s no-harvest list for several years due to overharvesting.  Today the number, and range, of this grouper have increased.  Each year Dr. Angela Collins (Florida Sea Grant), …

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The Lionfish Tournament is Over… What Now?

The recent Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day was a big success.  8,089 lionfish were removed over that weekend and over 6000 visitors are now more aware of the issue this invasive fish is causing in our waters.  But did it help?  Did this tournament make a large dent in the local population? Honestly, we are …

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Snorkeling… 5 Ways to Safely Enjoy Our Nearshore Snorkel Reefs

It’s that time of year… the air is warming and spring break has begun. Crowds of locals and visitors have begun to descend on area beaches to enjoy the panhandle sunshine and waterways, and safety is always a concern.   One of the many water activities visitors can enjoy are snorkeling our nearshore reefs. From …

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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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Searching for Inshore Lionfish this Summer

In the recent addition of Gulf of Mexico Science a short paper was published describing a small (< 0.5″) lionfish collected by a research team from Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Big Lagoon in September of 2013.  The team was working on another project when they came across the well hidden little fish in the grass …

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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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2014 Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and Naturally EscaRosa are pleased to announce that the 2014 Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference will be held at Adventures Unlimited in Milton, Florida November 5-6. The conference will be an exciting blend of …

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FWC and New Dive Flag Rule

House Bill 1049 goes into effect today.  Under this bill divers in the state of Florida who are diving in open water can now display a dive buoy in lieu of a dive flag.  The dive buoy can 3 or 4 sides but must display dive symbols.  The symbols must be at least 12×12 inches.  …

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