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Sea Grant Notes – Dec 6, 2019

December 6, 2019                                  Sea Grant Notes

 

 

2019 HEALTHY BAY REPORT CARD IS OUT

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2019/11/14/2019-healthy-bay-report-card/.

 

This Week

No programs this month – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Current Articles

 

No current articles

 

Water Quality  

 

Health Advisories

  • AS WE MOVE INTO NOVEMBER FDOH ONLY MONITORS SANDERS BEACH AND BAYOU TEXAR
  • Sanders Beach – GOOD
  • Bayou Texar – 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”) June (7.4”) – spring = 14.7”
  • Jul (5.0’*) Aug (8.0”) Sep (0.0”) – summer = 13.0”*
  • Oct (6.2”) Nov (1.6”) Dec (0.0”)
  • * Sea Grant was not available to monitor rain gauge in July – gauge indicated 5” during the month in East Hill

Red Tide

  • Last report was posted Dec 4 (FWC)
  • Panhandle – Red tide was not detected
  • SW Florida – detected in Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties; FISH KILLS in Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties; RESPIRATORY ISSUES in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties.  
  • East Coast of FL – not detected.

Fish Kills

  • No fish kills reported for Dec
  • No Fish Kills reported in November – abnormal lionfish reported offshore of Navarre Beach
  • 12 fish kills reported in October
  • 2 fish kills reported in August.
  • 3 fish kills reported in September
  • No other reports this year.
  • Report fish kills to FWC at – https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.

Citizen Science Water Quality Data Report is out https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2019/11/14/2019-healthy-bay-report-card/.  

 

 

Habitat Restoration

 

  • OCEAN HOUR Clean Ups Dec 7   
  • – Naval Live Oaks – meet at the Visitors Center on 1801 Hwy 98
  • – Bob Sikes Bridge – meet at the Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beahc

Clean Ups begin at 9:00 and supplies are provided

  • Living Shorelines

The best time to have a living shoreline planted is the fall and winter.  Contact me if interested in learning more.

 

Wildlife & Fisheries

 

 

Invasive Species

 

  • Beach Vitex
  • – For 2019 we have identified 68 sites from Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Perdido Key, and Perdido Bay.
  • – 81% have either been removed or are under treatment at this time.
  • – 2020 we will continue to survey and have removal workdays. If you think you may have this plant on your property, please contact us. 
  • Invasive Lionfish
  • – 4 Lionfish were found near the Ft. Pickens fishing pier while they were conducting an underwater clean-up there. We continue to survey for lionfish in the Ft. Pickens area.  If anyone finds lionfish inside Pensacola Bay, please report location to us.
  • Regal Damselfish – Is an invasive species that FWC and UF are watching for. Reports of this species on local reefs have been occurring (along with video).  These are difficult to capture and remove.  Hand nets are probably best bet at this time.  Please let us know if you see any of these while diving.

 

Seafood

 

 

Environmental Literacy

 

  • No programs planned for December
  • 2020 Science Hour line up coming soon

 

Upcoming Programs

 

  • We have no more programs scheduled for 2019. We will post the 2020 Science Hour line up next week.
  • 2020 Programs planned include: Septic & Sewers, Citizen Science monitoring trainings, Battling seagrass prop scars, Invasive species presentations – workshops – and removal workdays, HACCP workshops and ISTs for members of the seafood industry, Seafood @ Your Fingertips, Florida Master Naturalist, Panhandle Outdoors LIVE, and Science Hour. More info on these in the new year.

 

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 10       3
  Bayou Texar 3 1 1 1
  Sanders Beach 1 2 2 2
Feb 9       4
  Bayou Texar 1 1 2 2
  Sanders Beach 1 2 3 2
Mar 24       4
  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 35       6
  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 26       4
  Bayou Texar 2   2 2
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico 1   1 1
  Bayou Grande 1   1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 2      
  Casino Beach 2      
  Park East 2      
  Park West 2      
  Perdido Key SP 2      
  Quietwater 1 1    
  Opal Beach 1      
  Ft. Pickens 1      
Jun 28       0
  Bayou Texar 3 1    
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico 1 1    
  Bayou Grande 2      
  Big Lagoon SP 2      
  Casino Beach 2      
  Park East 2      
  Park West 2      
  Perdido Key SP 2      
  Quietwater 2      
  Opal Beach 2      
  Ft. Pickens 2      
Jul 44       4
  Bayou Texar 3   2 2
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico 2   1 1
  Bayou Grande 3      
  Big Lagoon SP 2 1    
  Casino Beach 3      
  Park East 3      
  Park West 3   2 1
  Perdido Key SP 3      
  Quietwater 3      
  Opal Beach 3   1  
  Ft. Pickens 1 1    
  Johnsons Beach 3      
Aug 57       7
  Bayou Texar 1   3 3
  Sanders Beach 4   3  
  Bayou Chico 1   3 3
  Bayou Grande   3 1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 3   1  
  Casino Beach 4   1  
  Park East 4      
  Park West 4      
  Perdido Key SP 4      
  Quietwater 3   2  
  Opal Beach 4      
  Ft. Pickens 3 1    
  Johnsons Beach 2 2    
Sep 46       4
  Bayou Texar 4      
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico     4 3
  Bayou Grande 1 2 1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 2 2    
  Casino Beach 3   1  
  Park East 4      
  Park West 3   1  
  Perdido Key SP 4      
  Quietwater 4      
  Opal Beach 2      
  Ft. Pickens 1   1  
  Johnsons Beach 1      
Oct 52       6
  Bayou Texar 5      
  Sanders Beach 4   1  
  Bayou Chico 2   3 3
  Bayou Grande 1 1 3 3
  Big Lagoon SP 5      
  Casino Beach 5      
  Park East 5      
  Park West 5      
  Perdido Key SP 5      
  Quietwater 5 2    
Nov 16       0
  Bayou Texar 7 1    
  Sanders Beach 7   1  
Dec          
  Bayou Texar 1      
  Sanders Beach 1      
TOTAL 299 214 33 55 38
% OF SAMPLES         .13

 

Health Advisory Frequency

Body of Water # of samples taken # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 49 15 .31
Sanders Beach 55 5 .09
Bayou Chico 25 14 .56
Bayou Grande 25 7 .28
Park West 27 1 .04
Casino Beach 26 1 .04

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  
June 0 0  
July – Johns Beach report – # unknown Unknown May have been discolored water
Aug 2 Unknown Dead catfish in lower Perdido Bay

Multiple species from Emerald Beach Park in Navarre

Sep 3 Unknown Unknown

Tarpon Perdido Key Beach

Mullet.Blue Crab. Sea Turtle @ Herron Bayou

Pond @ Tiger Point golf course

Oct 12 Unknown 11 reports of menhaden in Bayou Chico

1 report from Ramsey Beach on Perdido Bay

Nov 0 0  
Dec 0 0