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Sea Grant Notes – May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019                                         Sea Grant Notes

 

 

This Week

 

May 13 – Escambia County Marine Advisory Meeting

Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place – 5:30 PM

 

May 16 – Science Hour – FDEP Restoration

This month we will hear about habitat restoration from the aquatic preserve division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place – 6:00 PM

 

May 18-19 – Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

This year this annual event will be held at the Harbor Docks in Destin FL.  Come out learn all about lionfish and try some!

 

Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Course Registration is now open!

This 40 hour course will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM from May 21 – Jun 25.  There will be classroom sessions and field trips.  Cost is $275.

Register at  https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/cs19-09.html

 

New Article – Gulf Coast Salt Marsh Snake

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2019/05/09/another-mystery-in-the-marsh-the-gulf-salt-marsh-snake/.

 

 

Water Quality  

 

Health Advisories

  • HEALTH ADVISORIES ISSUED FOR BAYOU TEXAR
  • 2 stations were sampled this week; both on May 6
  • Bayou Texar was POOR and received a health advisory
  • Sanders Beach was GOOD
  • 2019 data at end of these notes

Rainfall

  • Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
  • Jan (2.1”) Feb (1.5”) Mar (0.7”) – winter = 4.3”
  • Apr (6.3”) May (1.0”)

Red Tide

  • Last report issued was May 3 (FWC)
  • Red tide was reported with background levels at 2 sites in SW Florida

Fish Kills

  • No fish kills reported from the Pensacola Bay area for May 2019 (FWC).

LAKEWATCH Nutrient Data

  • Report will be out in August

Killifish Report

  • Project under development; more soon.

REMEMBER

Bringing Back the Bayous Program – presentation on the state of the bay and how you can help

  • May 23 – Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, 6:00 PM
  • Aug 20 – Downtown Library, 239 N. Spring St. 6:00 PM
  • Oct 15 – Drowsy Poet, Pensacola Beach Marina (upstairs), 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd, 11:00 AM

 

Habitat Restoration

 

  • OCEAN HOUR Clean Ups May 11
  • – Bay Bluffs – Scenic Highway
  • – Chimney Park – Scenic Highway

Clean Ups begin at 9:00 and supplies are provided

  • Mangrove Surveys Have Begun
  • – Only one of the 10 selected locations have been surveyed – no mangroves
  • – If you believe you have seen this plant growing in our marshes, please let us know
  • Seagrass Monitoring
  • – began May 1 a full update will be posted in the fall
  • Removing Invasive Species

The following invasive plants have been found on our barrier islands and estuarine coast

 

Wildlife

 

  • Horseshoe Crab Nesting Search
  • – One juvenile horseshoe crab was reported near Avenida 16, Santa Rosa Sound, Pensacola Beach during the new moon tides this month.
  • Diamondback terrapins
  • – Surveys began May 1 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Gulf counties
  • – May 2 – First nest of the season was reported in Santa Rosa County
  • – Terrapins were seen and captured at two stations in Santa Rosa County
  • – Nesting activity was reported at one station in Escambia.
  • Snakes
  • – Salt marsh snake activity seems to have slowed this week
  • – Still seeing coachwhips and occasional cottonmouth at our survey areas
  • – They are more active during rain
  • Invasive Wildlife
  • Brown (Cuban Anoles) – best time to deal with them is in winter. More then.
  • Cuban Treefrogs – The have been reported in the New Orleans area. We can show you how to set up a treefrog collector and assist monitoring for the presence of this invasive frog in our area.  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw259.
  • Invasive Species Presentations
  • – Jun 25 – Downtown Library, 239 N. Spring St., 6:00 PM
  • – Aug 6 – Drowsy Poet, Pensacola Beach Marina (upstairs), 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd 11:00
  • – Oct 22 – Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Hwy, 6:00 PM

 

 

Fisheries

 

  • The Great Scallop Search
  • – Training for scallop searches in Big Lagoon was Monday Apr 29, Southwest Branch Library. If you are interested in surveying Big Lagoon, contact me.
  • – Training for Santa Rosa Sound will be in May; more to come
  • Recreational Fishing for Greater Amberjack and Gray Trigger Closes Early in Gulf Waters
  • – Greater Amberjack will close May 3 and reopen Aug 1 until Oct 31.
  • – Gray Trigger will close May 11 and remain closed until federal waters open
  • 2019 Scallop Season
  • – Jun 15 – Sep 10: Dixie and parts of Taylor counties
  • – Jul 1 – Sep 24: Franklin, parts of Taylor, Levy, Citrus, and Hernando counties
  • – Jul 19-28: Pasco county
  • – Aug 16 – Sep 15: Gulf county
  • Scallop harvest is currently prohibited in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties; please let us know if you do find any live scallops.
  • Invasive Lionfish
  • Report Skin Ulcerated Lionfish. The University of Florida is asking divers to report any cases of lionfish with skin ulcers to the FWC.  You can do this buy calling the FWC Hotline (1-800-636-0511), or visit public.myFWC.com/FWRI/FishKillReport/Submit.aspx, or use the FWC reporter app.  Information needed includes: (1) date of occurrence, (2) location, (3) water temperature, and (4) photos.  Read more at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa209.
  • 2019 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day / Emerald Coast Open: The Largest Lionfish Tournament in History. This is the classic Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (LRAD) we have had in Pensacola the last four years – this year, it moves to Destin.  There will be cash, gear, and other prizes for spearfishing tournament participants.  The pre-tournament submission in lionfish has begun and will continue until May 15.  Entry fee is $75 before April 1 and $100 after.  Learn more at http://emeraldcoastopen.com. The public event will be May 18-19 at AJ’s on the HarborWalk Village at Destin Harbor.  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.  There will be education and kid booths, lionfish tasting, and live music.  Follow the festival on Facebook.
  • Nearshore Lionfish Surveys will begin in May. If you see a lionfish near the beach or in the bay, please let us know.

 

Seafood

 

  • HACCP Training for Seafood Processors
  • – The 2-day face-to-face course will be June 5-6 in downtown Pensacola
  • – The online class and 1-day face-to-face course begins now and the face-to-face will be June 7 at the Escambia County Extension Office.
  • – Register at http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/SSP/1400069938
  • Seafood @ Your Fingertips
  • – Presentation on local seafood, with samples
  • – August 6, Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, 6:00 PM
  • – October 15, Downtown Library, 239 N. Spring Street, 6:00 PM
  • Local Seafood in Peak Season for May   
  • – Softshell blue crab
  • – Cultured clams
  • – Crawfish season!
  • – Mahi-Mahi
  • – Pink shrimp
  • – Brown shrimp
  • – White shrimp
  • – Snapper (check annual regulations)
  • – Spanish mackerel (no more than one serving per week)
  • Seafood Safety Guidelines – Escambia County Division of Marine Resources – https://www.myescambia.com/our-services/natural-resources-management/marine-resources/seafood-safety.

 

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
  • – 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 Agnotology                                           Chris Fenner, UWF
  • – 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

 

  • Gulf Coast Salt Marsh Snake

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2019/05/09/another-mystery-in-the-marsh-the-gulf-salt-marsh-snake/.

 

 

Upcoming Programs

 

  • May 16 – Science Hour; Florida Department of Environmental Protections Aquatic Preserves – Beth Fugate and Zach Schang will discuss the mission and projects with the Aquatic Preserve section of FDEP. Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place; 6:00 PM.  Free.
  • May 18-19 – Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day; This annual two day event will be held at the Harbor Docks in Destin this year.
  • May 21 – Florida Master Naturalist Program / Coastal Course – This 40 hour course will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM from May 21 – Jun 25. There will be classroom sessions and field trips.  Cost is $275.  Register at  https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/cs19-09.html
  • May 23 – Bringing Back the Bayous; A presentation on the health of our bay system and what residents can do to help improve it. The presentation will begin at 6:00 PM.  Will be at the SW Branch Library on Gulf Beach Highway near Perdido Key.  Free.
  • May 31 – Invasive Species and Air Potato Beetles – We will hold another lunch & learn at the Escambia County Central Office Complex. We will have information tables on a variety of invasive species, a guest speaker, and provide air potato beetles for those who are battling air potato.  11:00 – 1:00.

 

 

HEALTH ADVISORY DATA

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 3 1 1 1
  Sanders Beach 1 2 2 2
Feb Bayou Texar 1 1 2 2
  Sanders Beach 1 2 3 2
Mar Bayou Texar 2   2 2
  Sanders Beach 3   1  
  Bayou Chico     2 2
  Bayou Grande   2    
  Big Lagoon SP 2      
  Casino Beach 2      
  Park East 2      
  Park West 2      
  Perdido Key SP 1 1    
  Quietwater 1   1  
Apr Bayou Texar 2   3 3
  Sanders Beach 3 1 1 1
  Bayou Chico 1 1 1 1
  Bayou Grande 2   1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 3      
  Casino Beach 3      
  Park East 3      
  Park West 2      
  Perdido Key SP 2      
  Quietwater 3   1  
  Opal Beach 1      
  Ft. Pickens 1      
May Bayou Texar     1 1
  Sanders Beach 1      
  Bayou Chico        
  Bayou Grande        
  Big Lagoon SP        
  Casino Beach        
  Park East        
  Park West        
  Perdido Key SP        
  Quietwater        
  Opal Beach        
  Ft. Pickens        
TOTAL  68 samples 48 11 22 18
% OF SAMPLES         .22

Health Advisory Frequency

Body of Water # of samples taken # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 19 9 .47
Sanders Beach 21 5 .24
Bayou Chico 5 3 .60
Bayou Grande 5 1 .20

Fish Kill Data provided by FWC

Month # of Fish Kills reported # of Dead Fish reported Cause
Jan 0 0  
Feb 0 0  
Mar 0 0  
Apr 0 0  
May 0 0