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Sea Grant Notes – June 19, 2020

Extension offices across the district are now slowly opening on a limited basis.  Some essential programs are being provided with limited attendance and social distancing.  It is still best to contact us by phone or email. 

 

Water Quality Updates  

 

Health Advisories

  • Jun 15 – Bayou Chico, Bayou Grande, Bayou Texar, Johnson’s Beach, Perdido Key SP and Sanders Beach (all GOOD)
  • Jun 16 –Casino Beach, Park East, Park West, Quietwater Beach, Opal Beach, Ft. Pickens (all GOOD)
  • See all data below

Rainfall  

  • Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
  • Jan (4.0) Feb (2.8) Mar (0.6) – Winter (7.4”)
  • Apr (3.2) May (1.6) Jun (5.4)

Salinity

  • The objective to see who has a MEAN salinity at or greater than 20‰ for restoration purposes.
  • 2020 1st Quarter Results
  • > 20‰: Bayou Grande, Big Lagoon, Lower Perdido Bay, Old River
  • < 20‰ at this time: Kees Bayou, Little Sabine

Longnose Killifish Monitoring

  • Longnose killifish (Fundulus similis) is being used as an indicator of freshwater tributaries.
  • Project on hold due to COVID-19

Red Tide & Harmful Algal Blooms

  • Last report for RED TIDE was posted Jun 12 (FWC)
  • Panhandlebackground levels in Escambia County  
  • SW Florida – low concentrations in Manatee County
  • East Coast of FL – not detected
  • HABs not detected in panhandle this week

Fish Kills

 

Marine Science Academy – Washington High School – Fish & Water Quality Data – updated

http://whs-ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/MarineScienceAcademy.

 

Habitat Restoration Updates

 

  • Living Shorelines
  • – We are not currently working on any projects; IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A LIVING SHORELINE – CONTACT US
  • Seagrass Monitoring
  • – We have begun monitoring in Big Lagoon. A few stations do need volunteers.  Some stations will require a boat to access.  If interested – contact me.
  • Mangrove Surveys
  • – We are ready to begin surveying for mangroves in the bay area. Paddle craft needed for this, paddleboard works best.  If interested – contact me.
  • OCEAN HOUR – Marine Debris RemovalSaturday June 20
  • – Meet at 8:45 AM; clean ups are from 9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • – Wayside Park East – meet at Pensacola Visitors Center 3-mile bridge
  • – Graffiti Bridge – meet at boat ramp
  • – Bartram Park – 211 Bayfront Parkway

 

Wildlife Monitoring Updates

 

  • Terrapin Surveys – resuming this week – if interested contact me
  • Horseshoe Crabs – ongoing in June – contact me for best dates and times to search
  • Barrier Island Cottonmouth Survey – began this week – 1 cottonmouth seen while setting up!
  • The Great Scallop Search – ON HOLD FOR NOW
  • The Great Scavenger Hunt – planned for SEP 12
  • Manatee Watch – 1 manatee reported in Big Lagoon this week.  
  • – PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH SIGHTINGS (roc1@ufl.edu)
  • IT IS BIRD NESTING SEASON ON OUR BARRIER ISLANDS – please slow down

 

Invasive Species Updates

 

  • Weed Wrangles – ON HOLD FOR NOW
  • Lionfish
  • 2020 Emerald Coast Open – Sep 11-13 in Destin
  • Inshore Lionfish Surveys – on hold – IF YOU SEE ANY LIONFISH NEARSHORE OR IN THE BAY, PLEASE CONTACT ME
  • The Great Scavenger Hunt – scheduled for Sep 12; more to come.

 

 

Seafood in Peak Season for June

 

Upcoming Programs

 

WEBINAR – UF IFAS WATER SCHOOL: MANAGING STORMWATER IN A CHANGING FLORIDA PANHANDLE. 

We would like to invite you to a two-part webinar series on ‘Managing Stormwater in a Changing Florida Panhandle’.

Day 1: WAS LAST WEEK

Day 2Stormwater Maintenance
When: Jun 22, 2020, 8:00 am to 10:00 am Central (9:00 am to 11:00 am Eastern)

Topics:

  • LID/GI/Stormwater Maintenance – stormwater ponds and LID/GI common practices,
  • Planning Tools

o   Green infrastructure and issues with scale (headwaters versus larger watersheds)

o   Integrated Planning Approach (Capital Improvement Plan)

o   NPDES Permitting

o   Incorporating practices into predictive models

  • Local Case Studies
  • Funding Opportunities for LID projects  – FDEP

 

Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtceCqqzosGdADpT2WhaaWkYjavHkIuXvR

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and password for joining the meeting.

 

SCIENCE HOUR IS BACK!… VIRTUALLY

We presented local wildlife this week via Facebook LIVE.  If you missed it, you can view at our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/escambia.extension.

 

BITE SIZED SCIENCE WEBINARS

Florida Sea Grant is presenting short webinars are a variety of marine science related topics.

We will be going to a Tuesday-Thursday schedule for June and July.  3:00 PM CDT.  Registration link http://bit.ly/bite-sizedscience

 

NEXT WEEK

Tue (Jun 23)     Cyanobacteria Public Health & Pets – Dr. Dail Laughinghouse, Dr. Vincent Encomio

Thu (Jun 25)     Clams for Dinner? YES Please! – Dr. Angela Collins

 

SEAFOOD @ YOUR FINGERTIPS

Live broadcast of local seafood items and how to prepare them.  The presentations will include cooking!

Each Wednesday – 5:00 PM – http://www.flseagrant.org/seafood/seafoodatyourfingertips/

This Week:   Crab Cakes and Oysters   

 

Current Articles

 

Weekly “What is it?” – Muscadine    

Carrie Stevenson

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/category/natural-resources/.

 

Embrace the Gulf 2020 – Marine Snails & Slugs  

Continuing this series about the natural and cultural history of “The Pond”

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/category/natural-resources/.

 

2020 Year of the Turtle – The Florida Red-Bellied

Continuing this series on Florida turtle.

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/category/natural-resources/.

http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

 

Fear the Mussel?  

The green mussel is a potential invasive threat to the northern Gulf of Mexico.

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/category/natural-resources/.

 

 

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

 

Health Advisory Frequency

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

Body of Water # of samples collected # of POOR reports # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 20 7 7 .35
Sanders Beach 17 3 0 .00
Bayou Chico 12 2 2 .17
Bayou Grande 11 3 3 .27
Big Lagoon SP 9 1 0 .00
Perdido Key SP 11 0 0 .00
Casino Beach 10 0 0 .00
Park East 10 1 0 .00
Park West 10 0 0 .00
Quietwater Beach 10 0 0 .00
Ft. Pickens 2 0 0 .00
Opal Beach 2 0 0 .00

 

 

Fish Kill Data provided by FWC (Escambia and Santa Rosa counties)

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  
Jun 0 0