We have an advisory and a fish kill this week… read more
The red tide persist off the coast of SW Florida though no fish kills were reported this week.
There were background concentrations of Karenia brevis detected off of Okaloosa County.
FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties
19 dead red fish were reported from the Yellow River Basin this week in Santa Rosa County – probable cause was disease.
Health advisory issued for Bayou Chico
Inland waters are recording temps in the high 70’s – the Gulf is reporting mid 70’s.
Salinities continue to be abnormally low
All DO values look good
No updates on nutrients this week. You can read about nutrients from 2015 from local waters in the 2015 Water Quality Report. Again, just let me know if you would like a copy. Roc1@ufl.edu
MARINE DEBRIS PLASTICS
Ocean Hour this week – Park East. Sign in at 8:45, clean up is from 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Current “TOP 3 ITEMS” – (1) plastic bottles (2) plastic bags (3) cigarette butts – foam
98 samples – 72% microfibers, 23% microbeads, 4% fragments
Hot spots – (1) Morgan Park (2) Beach Sewer Plant – East Boat Ramp Bayou Texar (3) Thompson’s Bayou UWF
Frequency of occurrence – 100% – 9 heads – 1 track (they have begun nesting)
Frequency of occurrence – 0% – no sign (1 trip)
Indiana Street Marsh – Navarre Beach
Frequency – 0% – no sign (1 trip)
We are still looking for horseshoe crabs and goliath grouper – please let us know when and where you see these in our area
Scallop Surveys will begin later this summer
Here are the numbers…
Water Body Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) DO(mg/L) ENT bacteria count (colonies/100ml)
Texar 79 2.4 7.7 36
Chico 79 4.3 8.1 188
Grande 79 5.8 7.1 44
Low Perdido no data
Up Perdido no data
Gulf Breeze no data
Bayou Texar – Moderate
Sanders Beach / Bayou Chico – POOR
Bayou Grande – Moderate
Big Lagoon – Good