Invasive Species

HALLOWEED! Help Us Report Invasive Plants in the Pensacola Bay Area

Halloweed is an invasive plan program that is modeled after the Audubon Christmas Bird Count – just a different topic and a different holiday! What we hope to achieve with this program is update the EDDmaps website that many managers and locals use to track the occurrence of invasive species. This year we are focusing …

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DNA Barcoding Our Way into Understanding the Lionfish Problem

In the late 1980’s a few exotic lionfish were found off the coast of Dania Florida. I do not think anyone foresaw the impact this was going to have.  Producing tens of thousands of drifting eggs per female each week, they began to disperse following the Gulf Stream.  First in northeast Florida, then the Carolina’s, …

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Burmese Python Hatchlings Found in Florida Keys – snake owners must be careful

Last month three Burmese Python hatchlings were found in Key Largo.  This is concerning.  Burmese Pythons are large snakes – up to 18 ft. – and can eat a wide variety of vertebrate animals – including alligators.  They can certainly cause a problem for local wildlife and pets.  State and federal agencies have had traps placed …

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An Early Study Shows the Invasion of the Asian Tiger Shrimp Could Have an Impact on Native Shrimp

The Asian Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) have been reported across the northern Gulf of Mexico for several years now but unlike Cogon grass, Chinese tallow, and Lionfish they have not really made the press.  We know they are there, but captures in shrimp trawls seem to be infrequent… it just does not look like a …

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10,000 Lionfish Have Been Submitted in the FWC Lionfish Challenge

The state is doing their best to try to remove lionfish.  After the success Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day held across the state – and in Pensacola – the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission initiated a Lionfish Challenge.  In this program divers submit lionfish tails to local dive shops.  The number of tails submitted …

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