Invasive Species

Studies Show Lionfish Can Live in Low Salinities

A recent study published by the Florida Institute of Technology indicates that lionfish can live in very low salinities.  The study was result of finding lionfish in the Loxahatchee River and a science fair project conducted by Lauren Arrington.  The study indicated that lionfish could survival at salinities as low as 7 parts per thousand …

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FWC Makes a Few Rule Changes Pertaining to the Collection of Lionfish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced yesterday changes in the management of the lionfish in Florida.  Beginning August 1, 2014 it will be illegal to import lionfish into the state of Florida, the collecting of lionfish using re-breathers will now be allowed, and you will now be allowed to spear for lionfish in …

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The New Invader… Beach Vitex

Last year we introduced the issue of beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) to residents of Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.  This plant was introduced to the Carolina coast in the 1980’s to restore dunes after a bad hurricane period.  The plant quickly became invasive and has forced the state to form a task force to remove …

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Another New Invader is in Town – Beach Vitex

Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) is a plant native to the western shores of the Pacific Ocean. It was first brought to the United States in the 1980’s to help stabilize and restore dunes in the Carolina’s after a heavy hurricane season. The plant quickly began to take over and crowd out natives within their dune …

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Cogongrass CEU workshop Coming Up January 14

Join us for a workshop on the biology and control of cogongrass on January 14, 2014. Sign-in begins at 7:30 am, program starts at 8:00am and will end at 3:30pm (all times Central). The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes lunch. Locations include:Escambia Extension Office, 3740 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL Okaloosa Extension Office, 3098 …

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REQUEST FOR SNAKE SIGHTINGS

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for help in tracking the occurrence of four species of snakes.  The eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the Florida pine snake, the short-tailed snake, and the southern hognose snake.  All four snakes are considered rare and are listed with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory .  The purpose of …

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Update – Escambia Lionfish Round Up

WEEK 6 – 58 lionfish have been logged No.’s by Charters – NIUHI (41 fish), Y-Knot (10 fish), Lavoie Spearfishing (5 fish), S. Walker (2) We are now in the 51st day of this 61 day event. Only 56 lionfish have been submitted at this point but conversation with local dive shops suggest that the …

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