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Water Quality Update – July 1, 2016

FDEP did not post sample data this week

ECHD sampled Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach at the mouth of Bayou Chico this week – all clear!

 

RED TIDE

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

The only “fish kill” reported for the month of June was a single dead dolphin on Pensacola Beach. Cause unknown.

 

HEALTH ADVISORIES

No advisories this week

 

WATER TEMPERATURES

No data

 

SALINITY

No data

 

DISSOLVED OXYGEN

No data

 

NUTRIENTS

No updates on nutrients this week

 

MARINE DEBRIS PLASTICS

Ocean Hour this week – NO CLEAN UP THIS WEEK, ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!

Current 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

Microplastics

113 samples not analyzed – 1059 microplastics found – 50% unknown (before data sheet separated type)

524 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

 

TERRAPIN SURVEYS

No terrapins were spotted during the survey of Weekly and Tarkiln Bayous.

Surveys were conducted at Indian Bayou, Big Lagoon area, and Pensacola Beach. A nest was confirmed on Pensacola Beach, it had been found by a raccoon and eggs consumed.

 

OTHER

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

 

Bay Scallop

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.

 

Vitex

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…

 

FDEP

Water Body    Temp (F)   Salinity (ppt)   DO(mg/L)   ENT bacteria count (colonies/100ml)

 

Bayou Texar                no data posted

Bayou Chico               no data posted

Bayou Grande             no data posted

Perdido Bay                no data posted

 

ECHD

Bayou Texar – Good  

Sanders Beach / Bayou Chico – Good

Bayou Grande – no data

Big Lagoon – no data

 

Safe levels of Enterococcus bacteria are those that are less than 104 colonies / 100ml of sample.

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