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Sea Grant Notes – July 7, 2017

Sea Grant Notes   

July 7, 2017

 

COASTAL WATER QUALITY

 

NEITHER THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, NOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED THIS WEEK

 

Date Location Water Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L) Enterococcus (saltwater) (colonies/100ml) E. coli

(freshwater)

(colonies/100ml)

Advisory Issued

 

Data provided by Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health

 

To view all 2017 water quality data visit

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/04/14/2017-water-quality-data-pensacola-bay-system/.

 

ARTICLE ON ENTEROCOCCUS – THE BACTERIA USED IN MONITORING MARINE AND ESTUARINE WATERS FOR SEWAGE

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/07/02/the-health-advisory-bug-enterococcus-faecalis/.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF THE PENSACOLA BAY SYSTEM: Retrospective Review for Future Resource Management and Rehabilitation

Lewis, Michael, J. Taylor Kirschenfeld, and Traci Goodhart. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Breeze, Florida, EPA/006/R-16/169, 2016.

 

This 146-page document reviews historic database, biodiversity, contaminants, groundwater quality, surface water quality, sediment quality, dredging, bioaccumulation, public health risk, wildlife health risk, habitat status and restoration, economic value, and climate change within the Pensacola Bay System.

 

The document is too long to post on the website but I will be posting smaller fact sheets throughout the year. If you are interested in the complete document, contact me. Roc1@ufl.edu

 

SURFACE WATER IMPROVEMENT AND MANAGEMENT PLAN (SWIM)

Perdido and Pensacola Bay

The Northwest Florida Water Management District conducted public meetings on the recent SWIM plans for Perdido and Pensacola Bay watersheds. If you were not able to attend the meetings you can view the draft plans (and make comments) at the following website.

http://www.nwfwater.com/Water-Resources/SWIM/SWIM-Plan-Updates

 

 

Fish Kills

 

Jan Jan 10 Algal bloom in Trout Bayou – no fish kill reported
Feb Feb 17 19 unknown species

Navy English Cove (Deer Pt.)

Feb 21 1 sturgeon

Big Lagoon

Mar No fish kills reported
Apr No fish kills reported
May May 13 50 dead bonito

GOM side of Perdido Key

Jun No fish kills reported
Jul No fish kills reported

 

Red Tide

 

No red tide detected at any sampling station along the Florida Gulf Coast

 

NOT PRESENT < 1000 cells / liter No problems

 

VERY LOW Ø  1000 – 10,000 cells / L Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish closure at > 5000 / L
LOW Ø  10,000 – 100,000 c/L Respiratory irritation; possible fish kill
MEDIUM Ø  100,000 – 1,000,000 c/L Respiratory irritation; probable fish kill
HIGH Ø  1,000,000 c/L All of the above including discolored water

 

Microplastics

 

76% of the microplastics continue to be fibers, 20% beads, 4% other

 

2016 Water Quality Report

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2016/12/19/2016-pensacola-bay-area-water-quality-report/.

 

SEA GRANT OIL SPILL TEAM RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND VIDEOS

Our team is pleased to announce a new eight-page oil spill science outreach publication and new workshop videos, both of which cover different aspects of how oil moves around our environment.

 

Publication: Predicting the movement of oil

Predicting the movement of oil highlights how scientists used computer models during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as tools to predict the path and fate of the oil. This publication can be accessed at http://masgc.org/oilscience/oil-spill-science-predicting-movement.pdf.

 

Science Seminar Recordings: Great Lakes Crude Move Symposium

Oil extracted without incident must still move through the environment via ships, trucks, trains, and pipelines. Earlier this month in Cleveland, speakers at the Crude Move symposium discussed the complexity and risk of getting oil from point A to point B, comparing lessons learned in the Great Lakes region and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out videos of their presentations at http://gulfseagrant.org/crude-move-oil-symposium/.

 

COASTAL HABITATS

 

Marine Debris – Ocean Hour

 

OCEAN HOUR

July 8th-Chimney Park, at the intersection of Langley Avenue and Scenic Hwy, Pensacola. Bay Bluffs Park, 3400 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola, FL 3250

July 9th– Quietwater Beach, meet at the seashell Pavilion. We will be working with a Navigator Scout troop.

PSouth has clean ups scheduled for each day the Blue Angels fly at Pensacola Beach, please visit their Facebook Page, PSouth Beach Cleanup, for more information and if you would like to help out.

July 15th-Wayside Park East (location of Pensacola Visitor Center) at Three Mile Bridge and 17th Ave. We will also work on the Grafitti Bridge and west of FWC building.

July 22nd– 2 sites Park East 1233-1235 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Park West, Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

July 29th Fort Pickens 1400 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561.

Sign in is at 8:45 – Clean up 9:00 – 10:00

Website: https://www.oceanhourfl.com/.

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl

 

If you, or your organization, are interested in beginning a debris removal project in your neighborhood – contact me and let me know.

 

Remember to encourage visitors to Pensacola Beach to use the trash bags in the yellow trash boxes to collect and dispose of their waste.

 

OTHER COASTAL CLEAN UPS COMING

September 16 – PKA/Perdido Key State Park sponsored International Coastal Cleanup Day at Perdido Key State Park

 

Living Shorelines

 

If you have waterfront property and are interested in restoring, contact me and we will begin the assessment. You can learn more about the process by visiting or website: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/permitting-living-shorelines/.

 

Mangroves

There are currently 8 red mangroves growing in Big Lagoon.

If you believe you have found a mangrove, please contact us.

 

 

COASTAL WILDLIFE

 

DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS – Peak Nesting Season has ended – slow year

 

2017 Data

 

Location # of surveys # of tracks # of nests # of heads
Perdido 32 0 4 0
Pensacola Beach 4 0 0 0
Upper Escambia Bay 7 0 0 ~ 161*
Lower Escambia Bay 0 0 0 0
Navarre 0 0 0 0
Navarre Beach 14 0 0 0
Hurlburt Field 1 0 0 0
Okaloosa Co. 3 0 0 0
Walton County 1 0 0 0
  • 160 heads have not been confirmed terrapins

 

 

HORSESHOE CRABS

Locations where HC (HC molts) have been found

  • Big Sabine
  • Little Sabine
  • Ft. Pickens
  • Deadman’s Island

 

If you find either a horseshoe crab or the molt of one, please let us know.

 

BAY SCALLOP – THE GREAT SCALLOP SEARCH 2017

 

SEARCH #1 – JUNE 24 – 8:00 – 12:00   CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Shoreline Park, Gulf Breeze – contact Chris Verlinde – chrismv@ufl.edu

Big Lagoon, Perdido – contact Rick O’Connor – roc1@ufl.edu

 

SEARCH #2 – AUG 5 – 8:00 – 12:00

Same locations, same contact

 

Volunteers will need their own mask fins and snorkel

You should have a team of no fewer than 3

Some locations require a boat, others do not, please let us know if you are a boat team

 

You can read the 2016 scallop report at

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2016/11/14/2016-great-scallop-survey/

 

LIONFISH

 

HERE ARE THE RESULTS FROM THIS YEARS LRAD TOURNAMENT

 

Pre-tournament tournament

  • 16 divers participated
  • 2175 lionfish submitted
  • Tim Shivers, Deepwater Mafia 1 – submitted the most (451 lionfish)

 

 

LRAD tournament

  • 12 dive teams participated
  • 3868 lionfish submitted
  • 1st place team – “Hang On” – submitted 926 lionfish
  • Largest lionfish – “Reef Cleaners” – 17.09 inches
  • Smallest lionfish – “Texas Lionfish Control Unit” – 2.91 iniches

 

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF LIONFISH SUBMITTED FOR EVENT – 6043

NUMBER WHO ATTENDED THE EVENT FOR EDUCATION AND TASTING – 5000

 

Lionfish Trap Study Moving Along

Coast Watch Alliance has been working with researchers to develop effective traps for lionfish. View video if one trap design at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6RDCl6Vl_M

 

Commercial Saltwater Products Lionfish to Sell Lionfish

If you are a diver and interested in harvesting lionfish commercially, contact Sea Grant Agent Rick O’Connor for information on how to get started. (850) 475-5230. Roc1@ufl.edu.

 

If you have private reefs that you feel may need to be cleaned of lionfish – contact me at the Extension Office or email.

 

 

BEACH VITEX

New Plant Found in Gulf Breeze

If you believe you have seen this plant in our coastal area and would like advice on how to remove. Please contact our office.

 

Have new fact sheet posted. You can find it at

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/03/20/invasive-species-beach-vitex/

 

CUBAN TREEFROGS

The word is that folks are already hearing calling frogs. So, if you are interested in monitoring for Cuban Tree Frogs view this link to learn how to set up PVC pipe to do so. If you do decide to help us monitor – please contact me and let me know where in the area you are monitoring so we can keep track. Any reports of CTF please send my way.

 

If you have questions please contact me. Roc1@ufl.edu (850) 475-5230.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw308

 

 

TEGU FOUND IN NAVARRE

This is a new species. Several escaped from a local breeder. FWC is working with breeder to recapture. IF you live in the Navarre area and see a tegu, please contact us.

 

CUBAN (BROWN) ANOLE seen on Innerarity Point and in East Hill

These animals appear to be hitching rides from south Florida via the landscaping plant trade. If you believe you have these lizards in your yard please contact our office on advice to control. If you are purchasing plants, please make sure you are not bringing friends home with you – this is a common way to transport Cuban Treefrogs as well.

 

COTTONMOUTH

Fact sheet being developed

 

REPORTING GOLIATH GROUPER

Dr. Angela Collins, Florida Sea Grant, is tracking goliath grouper throughout the state of Florida. She is particularly interested in records from the panhandle and has an easy way to report.  If you fish or dive and encounter one of these fish, please visit the follow website and report it.

http://portal.gulfcouncil.org/GoliathGrouper.html

 

TURTLE FRIENDLY BEACHES

All Pensacola Beach residents should be aware that they must be compliant with the Escambia County Exterior Light ordinance by 2018.

THE SEA TURTLE CONSERVANCY HAS FUNDS TO ASSIST.

(352) 373-6441; www.conserveturtles.org

 

You can read more about the lighting ordinance by visiting

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/01/03/escambia-county-fl-turtle-lighting-ordinance/

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/01/04/the-sea-turtle-conservancy-can-help-you-become-turtle-friendly/

 

 

NATURE TOURISM

 

NATURALLY ESCAROSA

Discover the great coastal, upland, and wetland environments of the Pensacola Bay area by visiting a local nature trip. NATURALLY ESCAROSA provides information to tours including:

  • Farms
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Diving
  • Biking

 

And more… visit the website at http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/naturally-escarosa/index.php.

 

 

SEAFOOD

 

Local Seafood in Peak Season for July

 

Just Now Peaking

Flounder – subject to quota closures

King Mackerel – subject to quota closures

 

Still in Peak Season

Crawfish – LA only

Brown Shrimp

Pink Shrimp

Rock Shrimp

White Shrimp

Yellowfin Tuna

 

Always in Peak Season

Clamscultured in Cedar Key are available year round

Snapper – availability is dependent on current regulations, check with local markets

 

Source: Gulf Coast Seafood; Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation

 

2017 SCALLOP SEASON

Jun 16 – Sep 10

Dixie and Taylor counties in the Big Bend

All state waters from the Suwannee River to Fenholloway River

 

July 1 – Sep 24

All state waters from Pasco-Hernando county line to the Suwannee River Alligator Pass Day Beach #4 in Levey County. North and west of Rock Island near the mouth of the Fenholloway River in Taylor County to the western most point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.

 

July 25 – Sept 10

St. Joe Bay (Gulf County), West of St. Vincent Island (Franklin County)

Westward up to the Mexico Beach Canal (Bay County)

 

Bag and vessel limits throughout the entire bay scallop harvest zone will be 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.

GULF RED SNAPPER SEASON

June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the updated season in state waters.

The 39-day season is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, June 16, through Monday, Sept. 4. Also included are Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, Sept. 4.

“Recreational red snapper fishing is highly important to Florida’s Gulf coast communities,” said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley. “We are thankful for the leadership of Gov. Rick Scott, U. S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Florida’s Congressional delegation as well as the partnership across all five Gulf states in providing more sustainable fishing opportunities and sound fisheries management.”

This is the longest Gulf federal red snapper season since 2013. State waters will be open the rest of this week and, beginning Monday, June 19, will close Mondays through Thursdays through Sept. 4, except July 3 and 4. The three-day weekend federal waters season opens Friday, June 16.

“Though we had to reduce state waters fishing days in the summer and fall, we are pleased to be able to offer more fishing access this summer to anglers across Florida,” Wiley said.

“This is great news, especially for anglers on the central and southwest Gulf coast, where red snapper are not commonly found in state waters,” said FWC Vice Chairman Liesa Priddy.

For more information about red snapper and other Florida fishing opportunities, visit MyFWC.com and click on “Gulf red snapper season news.”

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

 

SCIENCE HOUR

These hour long presentations will be provided at no cost. They will be presented on the 3rd Thursday of each month beginning next week.  Presentations will be held at Central Office Complex at 3363 West Park Place from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

 

TOPICS:

 

Jun 15              Climate Change This is a hot topic, what does it mean for NW FL?

Jul 20               Green Roof                  Will discuss the county’s green roof and other designs

Aug 17             Scallop Search             An update on scallop surveys in Pensacola Bay area

Sep 21              Local Water  Quality    Will discuss local WQ issues and solutions

Oct 19              Bats                             Will discuss local bats and their benefits

Nov 16             Stormwater                   Discuss the issue and some low impact designs to help

 

 

PANHANDLE OUTDOORS

Aug 17             Artificial Reefs                         Navarre Beach

Sep 19-21        St. Joe Bay                               St. Joe FL

Oct 24              Coastal Dune Lakes                  South Walton Co.

Oct 26              Natural Resource Field Day      UF West Florida Research and Education Center – Jay

 

Registration coming soon

 

 

Goliath grouper workshops scheduled August through October; FWC needs your input

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters.

 

The FWC is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one of these workshops.

 

Workshops will be from 5 to 8 p.m. local time:

  • Aug. 1: Key West, Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
  • Aug. 2: Marathon, Hyatt Place Marathon/Florida Keys, 1996 Overseas Highway.
  • Aug. 3: Key Largo, Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway.
  • Aug. 8: Crystal River, Plantation on Crystal River, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail.
  • Aug. 9: Carrabelle, Franklin County Senior Citizens Center, 201 NW Ave. F.
  • Aug 16: Pensacola, Sanders Beach – Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 S. I St.
  • Aug. 17: Panama City, Bland Conference Center, 4750 Collegiate Drive.
  • Oct. 9: Jacksonville, Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd.
  • Oct. 10: Titusville, American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, 6350 Horizon Drive.
  • Oct. 11: Stuart, Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave.
  • Oct. 12: Davie, Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road.
  • Oct. 16: Pinellas Park, Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, 9501 U.S. Highway 19 N.
  • Oct. 17: Port Charlotte, The Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St.
  • Oct. 18: Naples, Collier County Public Library – South Regional, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway.

If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Staff is working on a virtual workshop that should be available online in the near future. Additional details and updates to these meetings will be posted at MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Rulemaking” and “Workshops.”).

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2016/11/18/sea-grant-notes-nov-18-2016/