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Sea Grant Notes – Sep 15, 2017

WATER QUALITY

 

No Health Advisories Issued This Week

 

 

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

(freshwater)

(colonies/100ml)

Advisory Issued
Sep 18 Big Lagoon 85 20.5 7.2 52

Moderate

No
Bayou Grande 87 14.4 6.4 10

Good

No
Perdido Key State Park Good No
Bayou Texar 86 10.8 7.1 0

Good

No
Bayou Chico 86 12.6 6.0 201

Poor

YES
Sep 19 Quietwater Beach 81 20.4 6.9 10

Good

No
Casino Beach 83 31.9 6.2 10

Good

No
Park East Good No
Park West Good No

 

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 July 8 1 dead shark Navarre
July 10 Abnormal catfish caught in Escambia River
Aug No fish kills reported
Sep No fish kills reported

 

Red Tide

 

No reports posted this week

 

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

 

SEP 8 – Sample collected from mouth of Escambia River – 1 fiber

 

2016 Water Quality Report

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

 

 

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES

 

Microplastics

Volunteers are needed to collect water samples for analysis. If interested contact me at roc1@ufl.edu

 

Bacteria Monitoring

We are need of volunteers to help sample for fecal bacteria in area waterways. We are looking for residents in the following areas:

Pleasant Grove, Old Corry Road, and Maggies Ditch off of W Street. If interested contact me. Roc1@ufl.edu

 

Marine Debris Removal

We are need of volunteers to help with the OCEAN HOUR PROGRAM. Here is their current schedule.  If you would like to begin an Ocean Hour Project in your neighborhood contact me roc1@ufl.edu.

Sep 16              INTERNATIONAL BEACH CLEAN UP

Gulf Islands National Seashore –            Perdido Key East

Ft. Pickens East

Park West

Langdon Beach

Perdido Key Association                       Perdido Key State Park

 

Sep 23              Park East and Park West on Pensacola Beach

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

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

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

 

 

Diamondback Terrapins –

Peak nesting season has ended but there are still opportunities to survey for this animal. If interested contact me. The 2017 report will be posted by end of year.

 

Horseshoe Crabs

We need volunteers to survey local beaches for the presence of this unique animals. Below are peak times to find pairs laying eggs along the shoreline.  If you find please contact and let us know.

 

Fall nesting searches will begin in September

Best possible nesting locations are in Big Lagoon and Santa Rosa Sound

Best dates and times to search for nesting Horseshoe Crabs are:

 

SEP FULL MOON – Sep 6

Sep 5    11:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Sep 6    12:00 PM until 3:00 PM

Sep 7    1:00 PM until 4:00 PM

 

SEP NEW MOON – Sep 19

Sep 18  10:00 AM until 1:00 PM

Sep 19  11:30 AM until 2:30 PM

Sep 20  1:30 AM until 4:30 AM;   1:00 PM until 4:00 PM

 

OCT FULL MOON – Oct 5

Oct 4    1:30 AM until 4:30 AM;   11:30 AM until 2:30 PM

Oct 5    12:00 AM until 3:00 AM;   1:30 PM until 3:30 PM

Oct 6    11:30 PM until 1:30 AM

 

OCT NEW MOON – Oct 19

Oct 18  11:00 PM (Oct 17) until 2:00 AM;   1:30 PM until 4:30 PM

Oct 19  11:00 PM (Oct 18) until 2:00 AM

Oct 20  11:00 PM (Oct 19) until 2:00 AM;   11:00 PM until 1:00 AM (Oct 21)

 

Locations reported for Horseshoe Crabs

  • REPORTED – Little Sabine, Tarkiln Bayou, Robertson’s Island
  • VERIFIED MOLTS – Deadman’s Island, Big Sabine, Ft. Pickens
  • VERIFIED LIVE ANIMALS – Big Sabine

 

ARTICLE ABOUT THE NATURAL HISTORY OF HORSESHOE CRABS CAN BE FOUND AT http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/04/11/horseshoe-crab-the-ancient-mariner/.

 

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

 

Bay Scallop – THE GREAT SCALLOP SEARCH 2017

 

ALL ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN MET WITH RAIN!

We are now working with individuals at a variety of times to assist us with monitoring for scallop. If you are interested in helping contact CHRIS VERLINDE (contact below) for Santa Rosa Sound, or RICK O’CONNOR (below) for Big Lagoon.

 

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/

 

 

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

 

 

Invasive Species – Early Detection Rapid Response

The most effective way to deal with invasive species is to catch and eliminate them early. YOU can help by reporting invasive species at http://www.eddmaps.org/. Or on the I’ve Got One App.  (see same website for details). 

THIS MONTH’S EDRR SPECIES IS – Natal Grass

 

Natal Grass (Melinis repens) – 1 record in Santa Rosa; 2 in Okaloosa – PLEASE REPORT

Found in coastal and dune areas, pine tree rock and sand areas, swamps, and disturbed areas

More innformation about plant found at http://www.fnai.org/Invasives/Melinis_repens_FNAI.pdf.

 

 

Mangroves

There are currently 8 red mangroves growing in Big Lagoon.

If you believe you have found a mangrove, please contact me at roc1@ufl.edu.

 

Manatees

There have been numerous sightings of manatees in our area recently. If you spot a manatee you can report the location to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Manatee Sighting Network.  1-866-493-5803.  http://manatee.disl.org/.

 

 

INVASIVE SPECIES

 

 

LIONFISH

 

2017 FWC LIONFISH CHALLENGE

 

5000 lionfish have been logged since the challenge began May 21, 2017

 

HERE ARE THE RESULTS FROM The 2017 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

If you find this coastal plant – please report to the Escambia County Sea Grant Agent

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

No Cuban Treefrogs have been verified from Escambia County. 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. Please report any sightings of CTF to the Escambia County Sea Grant Agent.

 

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

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

 

 

TEGU FOUND IN NAVARRE

No update on the escaped tegus in the Navarre area. If you find one please send photo and location to the Escambia County Sea Grant Agent.

 

CUBAN (BROWN) ANOLE

First reported from the East Hill area and then from Perdido reports are now coming in from Gulf Breeze. If you find one of these lizards please send photo and location to the Escambia County Sea Grant Agent.

Update – now considered established. We still need animals reported to EDDMaps or the Sea Grant Agent at roc1@ufl.edu or (850) 475-5230. We can provide information on how to control.

 

 

NUISANCE SPECIES

 

Cottonmouth

Fact sheet can be found at http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/07/31/cottonmouth-agkistrodon-piscivorus/.

 

Alligator

Article can be found at http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/09/15/the-american-alligator-a-new-nuisance-for-the-panhandle/.

 

 

HABITAT RESTORATION

 

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/.

 

 

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 September

 

Just Now Peaking

Mullet

Oysters

Swordfish

Still in Peak Season

King Mackerel – subject to quotas

Brown Shrimp

Rock Shrimp

White Shrimp

Yellowfin Tuna

Spanish Mackerel – subject to quota closures

Spiny Lobster

 

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.

 

SHORT SCALLOP SEASON TO OPEN IN ST. JOE – Sep 23 through Oct 8

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.

 

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

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

 

 

WILDFEST – WILDLIFE SANCTUARY OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Saturday October 7

12:00 – 3:00

For more information contact ws@wildlife.gccoxmail.com

 

 

ROY HYATT ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER OPEN HOUSE

 

Come to the

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center

Annual Open House

Saturday, September 30, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

1300 Tobias Road, Cantonment, Florida 32533

Come enjoy a day of fun in the outdoors!

-hike our trails into the bog to see carnivorous plants,

beautiful flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies

and so much more!

-meet birds of prey from the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida

-peer through telescopes with the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association

-climb aboard the bird bus to do some bird watching

-stroll through the butterfly/wildlife garden to observe pollinators

-bid on one of the items at our Silent Auction

-enjoy a bite to eat for a small donation

 

 


At RHEC we depend on donations to help keep our programs fresh and animals healthy, clean, and fed. If you would like to donate any items on our wish list it would be greatly appreciated.  Some of the items we are always in need of are:


Black Oil Sunflower Birdseed

Fruit and Nut Birdseed

Floating Turtle or Reptile Sticks

Collard, turnip, kale or mustard green

Apples, strawberries, blueberries

Carrots

Squash or Zucchini

 

Copy Paper

Clorox Wipes

Live crickets

Aluminum foil

Re-sealable bags (all sizes)

Hand sanitizer

Clean rags, wash cloths, or hand     towels

Light Bulbs (60 watt and reptile bulbs)

Pencils

Reptile bedding or pine mulch

Old pillow cases or baby blankets

Monetary donations

Gift cards (Wal-mart, Target, grocery store, or pet store)

 

 


 

 

 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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