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Sea Grant Notes – Jan 7, 2019

Jan 11, 2019                                           Sea Grant Notes



Water Quality  


Health Advisories

  • 2 stations were sampled on Jan 7 (FDOH)
  • Bayou Texar was GOOD
  • Sanders Beach was MODERATE
  • We will be posting the 2018 health advisory report soon; stay tuned
  • We will have a presentation on health advisories and what you can do this Wednesday evening at the Downtown library; hosted by the Sierra Club; begins at 6:00 PM; it is free


  • Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
  • Jan (1.1”)
  • NOTE: Pensacola received 90” of rain in 2018 (FDAC); this is a 38% increase over the norm of 65”
  • Pensacola received 90” of rain in 2017 as well (FDAC)

Red Tide

  • No red tide reported in the Florida panhandle (FWC)
  • However, it has returned in SW Florida this week – we will continue to monitor this
  • Escambia County Division of Marine Resources will host a seafood safety symposium Feb 11 at the COC; one of the presentations will discuss red tide (and other harmful organisms) and seafood safety; the event is free; begins at 5:00 PM; 3363 West Park Place

Fish Kills

  • No fish kills reported from the Pensacola Bay area for January 2019 (FWC)
  • We will have a presentation on local fish kills and what you can do this Wednesday evening at the Downtown library; hosted by the Sierra Club; begins at 6:00 PM; it is free


Habitat Restoration


Clean Ups begin at 9:00 and supplies are provided


Wildlife & Fisheries


  • The 2018 diamondback terrapin survey should be posted soon; stay tuned
  • The 2018 Great Scallop Search report can be found at (UF IFAS)
  • Training for these citizen science surveys will be held in April; stay tuned for more
  • We will also be introducing two new wildlife/fisheries surveys in 2019; one with horseshoe crabs and another with killifish; training dates for these TBD; stay tuned.
  • The Escambia County Division of Marine Resources will be having their Annual Seafood Safety Symposium Feb 11, 2019. Will take place at the COC building – 3363 West Park Place; begins at 5:00 PM; free


Invasive Species


  • Sea Grant and FWC will be hosting two back to back workshops in February. Feb 19 will be lionfish and Feb 20 will be artificial reefs.  The workshops will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Ft. Walton Beach.  Both are full day workshops – you can register for one or both at
  • We are currently trying to remove beach vitex from Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. If you believe you have this plant – let us know.  Will be removing vitex during January and February 2019.


Environmental Literacy


  • 2019 SCIENCE HOUR SCHEDULE; programs are held at the Escambia County Central Office Complex; 3363 West Park Place; they begin at 6:00 PM and are free
  • – Jan 10 Pensacola Climate Task Force Repot      Carrie Stevenson, County UF Extension
  • – Feb 7 Urban Coyote Populations                     Catherine Kennedy, FWC
  • – Mar 14 Emmanuel Point Shipwreck                   Nicole Grinnan, Public Archeology
  • – Apr 11 Beach Safety                                         Dave Greenwood, Water Safety Chief
  • – May 16 NW Florida Aquatic Preserves               Beth Fugate, FDEP
  • – Jun 13 Invasive Species                                   Don Buchanon (FWC) Rick O’Connor
  • – Jul 11 Mosquito Control                                  Matthew Mello, Escambia County
  • – Aug 8 Vibrio                                                   TBD
  • – Sep 12 Genetically Modified Organisms            Libbie Johnson, County UF Extension
  • – Oct 10 Online Fact vs. Fiction                           Jane Daugherty, UWF
  • – Nov 14 Bay Bridge & Artificial Reefs                Robert Turpin, Escambia County


New Articles



Upcoming Programs


  • Jan 16 Water Quality Presentation – Sierra Club Meeting – 6:00 PM downtown library – all welcome; free
  • Jan 19  Tree Give Away; Florida Arbor Day – Escambia County Extension will have a tree give-a-way to celebrate Florida Arbor Day; all trees are in 1-gal containers; only 2/person; while supplies last; 9:00 – 11:00; 3740 Stefani Road
  • Feb 7 Science Hour; Urban Coyote Populations – FWCs Catherine Kennedy will discuss urban coyote populations and their issues; SCIENCE HOUR; Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place; 6:00 PM; free
  • Feb 11 Seafood Safety Symposium – Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place – 5:00 PM; free
  • Feb 19 Regional Lionfish Workshop – Emerald Coast Convention Center Ft. Walton Beach FL – all day – $25/person (includes lunch) – register at:
  • Feb 20 Regional Artificial Reef Workshop – Emerald Coast Convention Center Ft. Walton Beach FL – $25/person (includes lunch) – register at:




Enterococcus bacteria count rubric for health advisories (Florida Department of Health)


GOOD             0-35 colonies/100ml of sample

MODERATE    36-70 colonies/100ml

POOR              71> colonies/100ml


Data provided by the Florida Department of Health’s Healthy Beaches Program

Month Water Body Good Moderate Poor Health Advisory Issued
Jan Bayou Texar 1 0 1 1
  Sanders Beach 0 1 1 1

Health Advisory Frequency

Body of Water # of samples taken # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 2 1 .50
Sanders Beach 2 1 .50

Fish Kill Data provided by FWC

Month # of Fish Kills reported # of Dead Fish reported Cause
Jan 0 0