Tag Archive: Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Training

Diamondback terrapins are a flagship species for coastal salt marshes.  In the attempt to assess the health of the Pensacola Bay system, Florida Sea Grant seeks volunteers to help monitor selected beaches in the bay area for the presence of these animals.   Volunteers will need to attend a training to better understand the project …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/03/22/diamondback-terrapin-monitoring-training/

2016 Coastal Marine Life Survey Reports

Volunteers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have been assisting Florida Sea Grant with surveying our bay area for indicator species.  Bay scallops were once found in high enough numbers to support both a commercial and recreational harvest, but no longer.  Declining water quality, loss of habitat, and overharvesting have made the animal rare in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/11/15/2016-coastal-marine-life-survey-reports/

Training for Monitoring Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback terrapins are the only brackish water turtles in the United States.  They prefer salt marshes and can be used as an indicator of the health of our bay.  To that end Sea Grant Agent Rick O’Connor provides training on how to monitor our bay for the occurrence of this neat creature, and coordinates the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/03/19/training-for-monitoring-diamondback-terrapins/

Those Terrific Terrapins

They are marvelous creatures and there are very few panhandle residents who know what they are. My wife and I were introduced to Diamondback Terrapins by George Heinrich in 2005. George was the president of a nonprofit, Florida Turtle Conservation Trust, and a member of the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group, a national group of terrapin …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/10/02/those-terrific-terrapins/

Searching for Derelict Crab Traps

One of the program areas Sea Grant intends to focus on in Escambia County during 2014 is the reduction of marine debris.  Most citizens in our county are aware of the problem and the harm monofilament fishing line can cause.  Another issue are derelict (or ghost) crab traps.  These are traps, for whatever reason, have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/01/03/searching-for-derelict-crab-traps/