2013 Water Quality Report

Beginning in 2013 the Sea Grant Agent at the Escambia County Extension worked with stakeholders and local agencies to help improve water quality by monitoring nutrients and bacteria counts in the lower portion of Pensacola Bay.  Surveys indicated that fish kills and health advisories were a major concern for local residents and in addition to …

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The Invasion of the Lionfish


It is a song that has been played in our state time and time again.  An exotic pet or plant is brought across our borders and either intentionally or accidentally it is released into the environment and a problem ensues.  Ornamental plants for our yards that spread seeds, exotic reptiles that become to large …

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Reducing By-Catch in Crab Traps


Blue crab is one of the more popular seafood items along the northern Gulf coast; it’s certainly my favorite!  The traditional way of catching blue crab was using a simple line with meat attached to the end.  Traps made of metal and collapsing walls could be set on the bottom of the bay with …

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Sea Turtle Nesting in Escambia County

Baby loggerhead sea turtle crawling on Pensacola Beach


Everyone loves sea turtles.  One of the most exhilarating moments a person can have to is to see a sea turtle swimming in the Gulf from the beach, or a boat, or from our local fishing pier.  It is an exciting moment not only for us but we want to share it with anyone …

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A History of Marine Science in Escambia County

Photograph of blue crab underwater

Pensacola has had a strong tie to the Gulf of Mexico and the bay since its settlement in 1559.  Most of the estuaries along the northern Gulf are drowned-river valleys.  This type of estuary tends to be very wide and very shallow.  They are basically depressions in the landscape that filled with ice-melt at the …

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