Water Quality Update – June 24, 2016
FDEP and ECHD both sampled this week – all clear!
Background levels of Karenia brevis were not detected anywhere in the state of Florida this week woo-hoo!
FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties
No fish kills reported this week.
No advisories this week
14-19 ‰- normal
5.8 – 6.8 mg/L – all good
No updates on nutrients this week
MARINE DEBRIS PLASTICS
Ocean Hour this week – Ft. Pickens – meet at the campground registration building @ 8:45
Top 3 – (1) foam (2) cigarette butts (3) plastic bottles
The Ocean Hour team, Escambia County Division of Marine Resources, and Sea Grant are working on an education campaign to address marine debris – more coming
105 samples not analyzed – 1019 microplastics found – 52% unknown (before data sheet separated)
484 items were identified – 74% are fibers, 22% microbeads
Top spots – (1) Morgan Park – Pensacola Beach (2) East Boat Ramp Bayou Texar / Waste Water Treatment Plant Pensacola Beach (3) Thompson’s Bayou UWF
The only survey logged this week was from Big Lagoon State Park – 2 surveys conducted – no terrapins found
Some team members will be surveying Weekly Bayou and Tarkiln as well as Big Sabine this week.
Goliath Grouper – the official Goliath Grouper survey concluded today – however we are still interested in any sightings – just contact me if you do – we had two reported during the official count
Santa Rosa Sound Survey will be Saturday July 30 (8:00-12:00) – orientation July 28 TBA
Big Lagoon will be Saturday August 6 (8:00-12:00) – orientation August 4 TBA
THE SCALLOP SEASON IS BACK ON IN ST. JOE BAY… ALBEIT SHORTER AND FEWER CAN BE TAKEN
The status of scallop in St. Joe Bay had reached “collapsed” status with recent surveys. This was believed to be caused by the red tide this past fall. A stable situation is defined as 60 scallops/station, the numbers were mostly less than 6 scallops/station with a mean of 2.3/station. Based on this FWC decided to close St. Joe to scalloping this year. However, yesterday they have changed that ruling to a shorter season. NOW…
Between the west end of St. Vincent Island and the west bank of the Mexico Beach canal harvesters may collect no more than 40 scallop/person or 200/vessel. The season in this area will run from Aug 22 – Sep 6. Harvesting west of Mexico Beach is illegal
From St. Vincent Island east to the Pasco/Hernando county line the season begins tomorrow and will run through Sep 24. Harvesters can collect 2 gallons whole (0.5 gallons of meat) / person / day – OR – 10 gallons whole (0.5 gal cleaned) / vessel.
FOR THOSE HEADING EAST OF ST. JOE TO COLLECT, THE KEATON BEACH BOAT RAMP IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
More vitex was discovered this week on Perdido Bay. Sea Grant and UWF SEAS will work on this area in the fall.
Here are the numbers…
Water Body Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) DO(mg/L) ENT bacteria count (colonies/100ml)
Bayou Texar 86 14.1 6.8 4
Bayou Chico 84 17.3 6.4 34
Bayou Grande 84 18.6 5.8 6
Bayou Texar – Good
Sanders Beach / Bayou Chico – Chico Good / Sanders Beach was POOR on Jun 20 but Jun 21 was Good
Bayou Grande – Good
Big Lagoon – Good
Safe levels of Enterococcus bacteria are those that are less than 104 colonies / 100ml of sample.