As we move into autumn the number of rainfall events is declining – and so are the advisories. The salinities in some locations have significantly increased but things look good.
FWC reported background levels of red tide near Gulf County in the panhandle, Sarasota and Manatee counties in SW FL this week but no Karenia brevis was not detected anywhere else in the state.
UWF team did not survey for inshore lionfish this week but we have another confirmed sighting of one near Ft. McRee. UWF will be surveying this area for others soon.
The FWC Fish Kill Database is still down.
There has been concern about cases of Vibrio infection. We have posted an article about this bacteria which you can find at https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2015/07/10/what-you-need-to-know-about-vibrio-bacteria-in-gulf-waters/
Health Advisories – 3 reported this month
Fish Kills – none to report this month
Red Tide – none to report this month
Inshore Lionfish – 1 was found near Ft. McRee and Sherman Cove in Big Lagoon
Here are the numbers…
Sep 18, 2015
Body of Water Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) DO (mg/L) ENT ECHD
Floridatown 81 18.7 8.0 0
Blackwater River 76 1.3 6.1 82 (coliform)
Bayou Texar 80 21.0 7.5 2 Good
Bayou Chico 79 25.0 6.7 20 Good
Bayou Grande 81 26.9 5.8 16 Good
Lower Perdido Bay 79 23.3 4.8 10 Good
Upper Perdido Bay 84 16.3 8.1 6 (coliform)
Wayside Gulf Breeze 79 27.9 5.4 0
ENT – Enterococcus bacteria; an individual sample should not be more than 104 colonies / 100ml
Fecal Coliform – an individual sample should not be more than 800 colonies / 100ml of sample
DO – dissolved oxygen should be 3.0 mg/L or higher
ECHD – Escambia County Health Department (Enterococcus bacteria)
Good 0 – 35 colonies / 100ml
Moderate 36 – 104 colonies / 100ml
Poor +104 colonies / 100ml
FDEP – Florida Department of Environmental Protection
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