Sea Grant Notes – June 26, 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
- Jun 22 – Bayou Chico, Bayou Grande, Bayou Texar, Big Lagoon SP, Johnson’s Beach, Perdido Key SP and Sanders Beach (all GOOD)
- Jun 23 – Casino Beach (MODERATE) – Park East, Park West, Quietwater Beach, Opal Beach, Ft. Pickens (all GOOD)
- See all data below
- 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 (6.5) – Spring (11.3”)
- 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 19 (FWC)
- Panhandle – not detected
- SW Florida – background concentrations in Sarasota County
- East Coast of FL – not detected
- HABs not detected in panhandle this week
- No Fish Kills reported in Escambia / Santa Rosa for Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, or Jun
- Report fish kills to FWC at – https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.
Marine Science Academy – Washington High School – Fish & Water Quality Data – updated
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 Removal – Saturday June 27
- – Meet at 8:45 AM; clean ups are from 9:00 – 10:00 AM
- – Dog Park West – 1481 Ft. Pickens Road – Pensacola Beach
Wildlife Monitoring Updates
- Terrapin Surveys – ongoing until Sep 30 – if interested contact me
- Horseshoe Crabs – ongoing in June – contact me for best dates and times to search
- Barrier Island Cottonmouth Survey – ongoing until Sep 30 – update report in fall
- The Great Scallop Search – WE ARE PLANNING FOR THIS NOW – STAY TUNED
- The Great Scavenger Hunt – planned for week of Sep 13-19; one on Perdido Key, one on Pensacola Beach – stay tuned
- Manatee Watch – 1 manatee reported in Big Lagoon this week. 19 reports since Jan 1
- – PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH SIGHTINGS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- IT IS BIRD NESTING SEASON ON OUR BARRIER ISLANDS – please slow down
Invasive Species Updates
- Weed Wrangles – ON HOLD FOR NOW
- – 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 the week of Sep 13-19; one on Perdido Key, one on Pensacola Beach
Seafood in Peak Season for July
- Rolling out of peak season
- – Softshell blue crab
- – Mahi-Mahi
- In peak season
- – Crawfish
- – Brown shrimp (bay shrimp)
- – Pink shrimp
- – Rock shrimp
- – White shrimp (Gulf shrimp)
- – Snapper – check state limits and accessibility; change frequently
- – Yellowfin tuna
- Beginning peak season
- – Flounder
- – King Mackerel – children, pregnant women should only consume one serving a week
- Seafood Safety Guidelines – Escambia County Division of Marine Resources – https://www.myescambia.com/our-services/natural-resources-management/marine-resources/seafood-safety.
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
Tue (Jun 30) Red Tides – More Than You Think – Capt. Betty Staugler
Thu (Jul 2) Marine Careers – Victor Blanco
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: Grilled Whole Fish
SEA GRANT OIL SPILL TEAM WEBINARS
The role of oysters in our estuarine ecosystem and the threats facing them— now on June 26, 2020, at 10:30 am CST/11:30 EST—https://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/presentations/oysters-adapting-to-a-changing-gulf/
Breaking it down: Oil in the environment—July 14, 2-3:30 pm CST/3-4:30 EST— https://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/presentations/breaking-it-down-oil-in-the-environment/
Every snow often oil, microbes, and sediment get together and sink, a seminar on marine snow—July 22, 1-2:30 pm CST/2-3:30 EST. https://gulfseagrant.org/every-snow-often-oil-microbes-and-sediment-get-together-and-sink/
Weekly “What is it?” – Mimosa
Embrace the Gulf 2020 – The Bivalves
Continuing this series about the natural and cultural history of “The Pond”
2020 Year of the Turtle – The Florida Red-Bellied
Continuing this series on Florida turtle.
How are the Nutrients in Our Bay?
Discussion of Lakewatch volunteer nutrient data in lower Pensacola and Perdido Bays.
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|
|Big Lagoon SP||10||1||0||.00|
|Perdido Key SP||12||0||0||.00|
Fish Kill Data provided by FWC (Escambia and Santa Rosa counties)
|Month||# of Fish Kills reported||# of Dead Fish reported||Cause|