Sea Grant Notes – Mar 17, 2017

WATER QUALITY

 

Health Advisories  

 

NO HEALTH ADVISORIES ISSUED THIS WEEK

 

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Date Water body Water Temp (°F) Water salinity (‰) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/l) ENT (colonies/100ml) Jan 3 Texar 68 1.7 ND 6131 Jan 16 Texar 68 3.1 ND 10 Feb 3 Texar 57 6.9 7.8 8 …

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Invasive Species – Beach Vitex

The Plant

  • Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia)
  • Native to the Pacific rim of Asia. From Korea to Australia including Japan, China, Southeast Asia, the Malaysian peninsula, and including Hawaii.
  • Prefers sandy soils above high tide line, open sun, and does well in rocky areas. Has high tolerance for heat and salt spray. It could be …

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The Boys Are Back in Town

But, should they be? Is it too soon?

In other articles I have posted on other sites I have discussed the strange weather we are having this winter and how it may be effecting coastal wildlife. Recently I was driving highway 98 on the west side of the county heading to a meeting on Perdido …

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The Sea Turtle Conservancy Can Help You Become Turtle Friendly

The Escambia County Exterior Lighting Ordinance will go in effect for all residents and businesses on Pensacola Beach beginning in 2018. (view the basics of the ordinance at http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/01/03/escambia-county-fl-turtle-lighting-ordinance/. )

 

To become “turtle friendly”, exterior lighting will need to follow the “Big 3”:

  • Keep it low
  • Keep it long
  • Keep it shielded
  • “Keep …

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    Escambia County FL Turtle Lighting Ordinance

    Escambia County Turtle Lighting Ordinance

    Chapter 78 – Article 13.23 of the County Land Development Code

     

    EXTERIOR LIGHTING

     

    13.23.01. Exemptions –      a) lighting required for navigation by Federal Aviation and the US Coast Guard

    and has been reviewed for the Federal Endangered Species Act

  • b) holiday lighting displayed outside of turtle nesting …

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    2016 Pensacola Bay Area Water Quality Report

    The Florida Sea Grant Program in Escambia County provides this service each year. The purpose is to provide the general public with data and information about the state of the water quality in our area.  Historically our bay has suffered much and, in terms of sediments, is considered one of the more polluted bays in …

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    2016 Florida Panhandle Diamondback Terrapin Survey Report

    Project Objective:

  • Record sightings of terrapin, or terrapin sign to determine if terrapins still exist in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Identify nesting beaches for future population studies.
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    Project Methods:

  • Train citizen scientist on how to identify terrapins or terrapin sign
  • Assign volunteers to geographic regions to conduct their surveys
  • Keep records of all …

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    2016 Great Scallop Survey

    Situation

    Bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) were once common along the entire Gulf coast of Florida and portions of the Atlantic coast along southeast Florida.  A combination of habitat loss, poor water quality, and over harvesting reduced their populations to where the commercial harvest had to be banned and recreational harvest restricted to a specific season …

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    The Invasion of the Lionfish – 2016 update

    The first report of a lionfish in the northern Gulf of Mexico was in 2010. It was a small individual that struck more curiosity than anything else.  By the end of the following week another was seen and now, here off the coast of Pensacola, are some of the highest densities found anywhere in the …

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    Water Quality Update – August 12, 2016

    There has been a lot of rain this week but the state and county agencies who monitor did not sample very many stations.

    No advisories were posted

    No fish kills reported

    No red tide reported in the panhandle – background levels were detected in three counties in southwest Florida.

    FDEP only sampled Bayou Texar, ECHD …

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