Monthly Archive: September 2017

Microplastics Awareness Month

For almost 40 years, the Ocean Conservancy has held the International Coastal Cleanup in September. Across the planet hundreds of thousands of volunteers clean marine debris from their shorelines.  The data collected is used by local agencies to manage this problem; such as discontinuing the use of pull tops from aluminum cans.  In the last …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/09/21/microplastics-awareness-month/

The American Alligator: a new nuisance for the panhandle?

I recently saw a photograph of an American Alligator (Alligator mississppiensis) crossing Perdido Key Drive on a heavy rain day.  This encounter would surprise some, and unnerve many.  The majority of the nuisance wildlife calls I receive are for snakes.  I have never received a call for an alligator but no doubt, my colleagues in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/09/15/the-american-alligator-a-new-nuisance-for-the-panhandle/

DNA Barcoding Our Way into Understanding the Lionfish Problem

In the late 1980’s a few exotic lionfish were found off the coast of Dania Florida. I do not think anyone foresaw the impact this was going to have.  Producing tens of thousands of drifting eggs per female each week, they began to disperse following the Gulf Stream.  First in northeast Florida, then the Carolina’s, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/09/08/dna-barcoding-our-way-into-understanding-the-lionfish-problem/

Night Lighting: Become Wildlife Friendly

Many of you have heard this before – artificial lighting on the beach is bad for sea turtles – so this article is nothing new. However, this article will expand to discuss the problem with night lighting in general.

Yes, it is true – sea turtles struggle with evening lighting. They prefer to conduct their …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/09/02/night-lighting-become-wildlife-friendly/