Coastal habitats

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/

Biodiversity in Our Bay

The term biodiversity has multiple meanings. Some look at it terms of genetics, others ecosystems, but most look at it in terms of species.  Simply put, it is the variety of life within a system.  The system could be on a small scale, such as a pond, or on a larger one such an ocean.

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/08/25/biodiversity-in-our-bay/

Trying to Solve the Marine Debris Problem

Since the early 1970’s, when Chief Iron Eyes Cody shed a tear on a television commercial, we have been trying to reduce the amount of solid waste found along our beaches and within our waters.   Though numerous agencies and civic groups, led by the Ocean Conservancy, have held beach and underwater clean ups over the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/08/11/trying-to-solve-the-marine-debris-problem/

Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System – Introduction

In 2016, Dr. Mike Lewis (U.S. EPA), Taylor Kirschenfeld (Escambia County Division of Water Quality and Land Management), and Traci Goodhart (West Florida Regional Planning Council) published an EPA document (EPA/600/R-16/169) entitled Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System: Retrospective Review for Future Resource Management and Rehabilitation. This 145 page technical report is an excellent …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/marine/2017/05/30/environmental-quality-of-the-pensacola-bay-system-introduction/