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Sea Grant Notes – Dec 14, 2018

Sea Grant Notes   

Dec 14, 2018

 

2019 SCIENCE HOUR PROGRAM LINE UP LISTED BELOW IN ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SECTION

 

DO NOT EXPECT HORSESHOE CRABS TO LAY EGGS THIS WEEK, BUT IT IS FULL MOON WEEK – Full moon will be Saturday Dec 22 – IF they decide to lay eggs they will approach the beach close to high tide – high tides are running between 7:00 and 10:00 PM this week – More information on reporting HC sightings in CITIZEN SCIENCE section below

FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE WILL BE POSTING UPDATES FROM OUR CITIZEN SCIENCE MONITORING PROJECTS – Links to reports can be found under CITIZEN SCIENCE section below

 

SAVE THE DATE!   FEB 19-20 we will be hosting a today workshop; Day 1 – Lionfish; Day 2 – Artificial Reefs; Workshops will be held in Ft. Walton Beach; registration information coming

 

Citizen scientists monitoring water quality on Bayou Texar.
Photo: Marine Science Academy Washington High School

 

WATER QUALITY UPDATES

 

Health Advisories:

  • 2 samples taken this week: Bayou Texar, and Sanders Beach
  • HEALTH ADVISORIES ISSUED FOR BOTH BAYOU TEXAR AND SANDERS BEACH
  • See complete data table at end of this note

 

Red Tide: Karenia brevis – Data provided by FWC

  • Mid-week Report
  • Southwest Florida – continues from Pinellas to Collier counties albeit patchy, FISH KILLS reported from Manatee, Sarasota, and Collier counties; RESPIRATORY ISSUES reported from Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties.
  • Northwest Florida – no reports from NW Florida
  • Southeast Florida – background levels reported from Palm Beach county; no reports of fish kills or respiratory problems
  • Today’s Report
  • Southwest Florida – continues from background to low concentrations from Pinellas to Collier counties; NO FISH KILLS reported; RESPIRTORY ISSUES reported from Manatee, Sarasota, and Collier counties.
  • Northwest Florida – RED TIDE NOT REPORTED IN FLORIDA PANHANDLE
  • East Florida – RED TIDE NOT REPORTED FROM EAST COAST OF FLORIDA
  • ARTICLES

 

Fish Kills: Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties – Data provided by FWC

  • DEC 1 – DEAD MENHADEN REPORTED NEAR SHORELINE PARK IN GULF BREEZE
  • Cause was not reported
  • See complete data table at end of note

 

 

The radiating runners of beach vitex expanding over a sand dune on Pensacola Beach.
Photo: Rick O’Connor

INVASIVE SPECIES

 

Lionfish

  • SAVE THE DATE – FEB 19-20 Ft. Walton Beach – Lionfish/Artificial Reef Workshop; more information coming

 

Giant Salvinia

  • This plant is a serious noxious weed in our state. It has been reported in Jackson Creek and in Bayou Chico.  FWC is currently trying to eradicate it but we are in need of other records.  If you believe you have this freshwater plant in a pond near you – please contact us (reply to this email).  You can find out more about this plant at http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/salvinia-molesta/.

 

Beach Vitex:

  • WE HAVE FOUND 4 NEW RECORDS OF BEACH VITEX ON PENSACOLA BEACH
  • We continue to survey for beach vitex in Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, and Navarre Beach. If you believe you have seen this plant please contact us at roc1@ufl.edu or (850) 475-5230.
  • We will begin removing in January.
  • Read more about this plant at http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/vitex-rotundifolia/.

 

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE MONITORING  

 

2018 Citizen Science Reports

Marine Debris Removal

  • Ocean Hour – all cleanups begin with sign in at 8:45 – clean ups are from 9:00 – 10:00
  • Dec 15: TWO SITES
  • Wayside Park and Graffiti Bridge
  • Bartram Park across from Seville Square

Habitat Restoration and Monitoring  

  • Living Shoreline
  • Fall and winter is a good time to have a living shoreline installed; contact us if interested

Horseshoe Crab Surveys

  • We encourage all locals who observe horseshoe crab nesting to contact FWC and report it. You can contact them at horseshoe@myfwc.com or 1-866-252-9326.
  • Best time to find nesting is during high tide of the new and full moon.
  • New Moon occurs the week of DEC 2-8; high tides running between 8:00 and 10:00 PM  
  • Full Moon will be during the week of DEC 16-22; High tides running between 8:00 and 10:00 PM
  • If you see a horseshoe crab we would like to know as well, please let the county extension office know – roc1@ufl.edu (850) 475-5230 ext 111
  • Annual reports from CS projects will be posted as we complete them. Current reports available are
  • LAKEWATCH nutrient monitoring report
  • GREAT SCALLOP SEARCH survey report  

 

 

 

Trace metals can be found in higher concentrations as you move up within the food chain.
Photo: Betsy Walker

MARINE LITERACY

 

Science Hour

  • 2019 SCIENCE HOUR CALENDAR
  • Jan 10: Online Fact vs. Fiction – Jane Daugherty; University of West Florida
  • Feb 7: Urban Coyote Populations – Catherine Kennedy; FWC
  • Mar 14: Emmanuel Point Shipwrecks – Nicole Grinnan; Public Archeology Coordinator
  • Apr 11: Beach Safety – Dave Greenwood; Water safety Chief / Pensacola Lifeguards
  • May 16: NW Florida Aquatic Preserve Program – Beth Fugate and Zach Schang; FDEP
  • Jun 13: Local Invasive Species – Don Buchanan and Rick O’Connor; FWC / Extension
  • Jul 11: Mosquito Control – Matthew Mello; Escambia County Mosquito Control
  • Aug 8: Vibrio – speaker TBD
  • Sep 12: Genetically Modified Organisms – Libbe Johnson; Escambia County Extension
  • Oct 10: Climate Task Force Report – Carrie Stevenson; Escambia County Extension
  • Nov 14: Bay Bridge & Artificial Reefs – Robert Turpin; Escambia Marine Resources
  • Programs will be held in rm 104 of the Central Office Complex; 3363 West Park Place

Gulf Coast Seafood in PEAK Season for the Month of December

 

 

OTHER NOTES

 

  • RED SNAPPER SEASON
  • This month FWC directed staff to move forward with the 2019 Snapper Season; this would apply to all private vessels fishing state or federal waters and charters who do NOT have federal permits; the season would run from JUNE 11 through JULY 12; there MAY be a fall season if quotas allow
  • UF MILTON AND FLORIDA SEA GRANT RELEASE DUNE RESOTRATION MANUAL
  • If interested contact Chris Verlinde at the Santa Rosa County Extension Office 850-623-3868
  • SHORE-BASED SHARK FISHINIG UPDATES FROM FWC
  • This month FWC drafted possible new regulations for shore-based shark fishing designed to improve survival rates of released sharks, assist with data gathering, and increase public safety. The new regulations (if passed in Feb) would include a new required no cost permit, no chumming if fishing from beach, prohibit delyaed release when captured from beach, required tool for quick release, stainless circle hooks, keeping all no-take species of sharks remain in water during capture/release

 

 

NEW ARTICLES

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

 

  • Jan 16 LOCAL WATER QUALITY – Sierra Club Chapter Meeting – Downtown Library – 239 N. Spring Street – 6:00 PM – EVERYONE WELCOME
  • Feb 19-20   LIONFISH/ARTIFICIAL WORKSHOP – SAVE THE DATE – Emerald Coast Convention Center – registration required and will be open soon.

 

 

 

Water Quality Data

 

Enterococcus bacteria scoring rubric for health advisories:

 

GOOD                         0-35 colonies / 100ml

MODERATE               36-70 colonies / 100ml

POOR                          71 > colonies / 100ml

 

Data provided by Florida Department of Health

 

Month Water Body Good Moderate Poor Advisory Issued
Jan Bayou Texar 2 1 2 2
  Sanders Beach 3 1 3 0
Feb Bayou Texar 0 2 2 2
  Sanders Beach 2 1 3 1
Mar Bayou Texar 1 2 1 1
  Sanders Beach 2 2 0 0
  Bayou Chico 0 1 1 1
  Bayou Grande 0 2 0 0
  Big Lagoon SP 2 0 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 2 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 2 0 0 0
  Park East 2 0 0 0
  Park West 2 0 0 0
  Quietwater 2 0 0 0
Apr Bayou Texar 0 1 3 3
  Sanders Beach 4 0 0 0
  Bayou Chico 0 1 1 1
  Bayou Grande 2 0 0 0
  Big Lagoon SP 2 0 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 1 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 2 0 0 0
  Park East 2 0 0 0
  Park West 2 0 0 0
  Quietwater 2 1 0 0
May Bayou Texar 3 1 1 1
  Sanders Beach 4 1 1 0
  Bayou Chico 2 0 0 0
  Bayou Grande 1 1 0 0
  Big Lagoon SP 2 0 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 1 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 2 0 0 0
  Park East 2 0 0 0
  Park West 2 0 0 0
  Quietwater 2 0 0 0
June Bayou Texar 2 1 1 1
  Sanders Beach 4 0 0 0
  Bayou Chico 0 1 1 1
  Bayou Grande 0 0 2 2
  Big Lagoon SP 2 0 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 2 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 2 0 0 0
  Park East 2 0 0 0
  Park West 2 0 0 0
  Quietwater 1 0 1 0
  Opal Beach 2 0 0 0
  Johnson’s Beach 1 1 0 0
  Ft. Pickens 2 0 0 0
July Bayou Texar 1 1 3 3
  Sanders Beach 4 0 1 1
  Bayou Chico 1 0 2 2
  Bayou Grande 1 0 2 2
  Big Lagoon SP 2 1 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 3 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 2 1 0 0
  Park East 2 1 0 0
  Park West 3 0 1 0
  Quietwater 3 0 0 0
  Opal Beach 3 0 1 0
  Johnson’s Beach 3 0 0 0
  Ft. Pickens 3 0 0 0
Aug Bayou Texar 2 1 1 1
  Sanders Beach 3 1 2 0
  Bayou Chico 0 1 1 1
  Bayou Grande 1 0 1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 2 0 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 2 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 2 0 0 0
  Park East 2 0 0 0
  Park West 2 0 0 0
  Quietwater 2 0 0 0
  Opal Beach 2 0 0 0
  Johnson’s Beach 2 0 0 0
  Ft. Pickens 2 0 0 0
Sep Bayou Texar 1 0 2 2
  Sanders Beach 1 1 2 1
  Bayou Chico 0 0 2 2
  Bayou Grande 0 0 2 2
  Big Lagoon SP 0 2 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 2 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 2 0 0 0
  Park East 2 0 0 0
  Park West 2 0 0 0
  Quietwater 2 0 0 0
  Opal Beach 0 0 0 0
  Johnson’s Beach 0 0 0 0
  Ft. Pickens 0 0 0 0
Oct Bayou Texar 2 1 2 2
  Sanders Beach 2 1 2 1
  Bayou Chico 0 0 3 3
  Bayou Grande 1 0 1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 1 1 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 1 1 0 0
  Casino Beach 1 0 0 0
  Park East 1 0 0 0
  Park West 1 0 0 0
  Quietwater 1 0 0 0
  Opal Beach 0 0 0 0
  Johnson’s Beach 0 1 0 0
  Ft. Pickens 0 0 0 0
Nov Bayou Texar 1 0 3 3
  Sanders Beach 2 1 4 1
  Bayou Chico 1 0 1 1
  Bayou Grande 0 0 0 0
  Big Lagoon SP 0 0 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 0 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 0 0 0 0
  Park East 0 0 0 0
  Park West 0 0 0 0
  Quietwater 0 0 0 0
  Opal Beach 0 0 0 0
  Johnson’s Beach 0 0 0 0
  Ft. Pickens 0 0 0 0
Dec Bayou Texar 0 0 2 2
  Sanders Beach 0 0 2 2
  Bayou Chico 0 0 0 0
  Bayou Grande 0 0 0 0
  Big Lagoon SP 0 0 0 0
  Perdido Key SP 0 0 0 0
  Casino Beach 0 0 0 0
  Park East 0 0 0 0
  Park West 0 0 0 0
  Quietwater 0 0 0 0
  Opal Beach 0 0 0 0
  Johnson’s Beach 0 0 0 0
  Ft. Pickens 0 0 0 0
TOTAL   134 37 67 48
Percent Samples with advisories       .20

 

Health Advisory Frequency

 

Body of Water # of samples # of advisories % frequency
Bayou Texar 49 22 .45
Sanders Beach 61 7 .11
Bayou Chico 20 12 .60
Bayou Grande 17 8 .47

Fish Kill Data provided by FWC

 

Month # of Fish Kills # of Dead Fish Cause
Jan 5 107 Unknown – probably cold
Feb 0 0  
Mar 0 0  
Apr 0 0  
May 1 4 unknown
Jun 0 0  
Jul 0 0  
Aug 0 0  
Sep 0 0  
Oct 1 ? Alewives – unknown
Nov 0 0  
Dec 1 ? Menhaden – unknown
TOTAL 6 111