Sea Grant Notes – Mar 29, 2019

Mar 29, 2019 Sea Grant Notes



APR 3 – Guest Lecture with Dr. Marty Main, director of the Florida Master

Naturalist Program

Dr. Main will be giving a lecture at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

Presentation begins at 10:00 AM admission is $5.

More information and registration can be found at

Water Quality

Health Advisories

  • No Health Advisories issued this week
  • Only 2 stations were sampled on Mar 25 (FDOH)
  • Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach were both GOOD
  • 2019 data at end of these notes


  • Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
  • Jan (2.1”) Feb (1.5”) Mar (0.7”)

Red Tide

  • Last report issued was Mar 22 – no red tide in state of Florida. (FWC)

Fish Kills

  • No fish kills reported from the Pensacola Bay area for March 2019 (FWC).


Habitat Restoration


  • Big Lagoon seagrass monitoring training – Apr 10 – SW Branch library – 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • OCEAN HOUR Clean Ups Mar 30
  • – Bruce Beach – wear water shoes if you have them
  • – Phillip Payne Bridge which crosses Bayou Texar on Cervantes – meet at the boat on the east side of the bayou next to the Marina Oyster Barn

Clean Ups begin at 9:00 and supplies are provided

Wildlife & Fisheries


  • Diamondback terrapin survey trainings – Perdido Key area – Apr 10 – SW Branch Library on Gulf Beach Highway / across from state park – 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.
  • Diamondback terrapin survey trainings – Navarre/Garcon area – Apr 15 – Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center on Navarre Beach – 9:00-10:00 AM.
  • 2019 Port St. Joe Scallop Season set for Aug 16-Sep15.
  • Scallop search training – Apr 29 – SW Branch Library on Gulf Beach Highway; 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Horseshoe crab survey training – TBA
  • Killifish survey training – TBA



Invasive Species


  • REPORT SKIN ULCERATIONS IN LIONFISH. The University of Florida is asking divers to report any cases of lionfish with skin ulcers to the FWC. You can do this buy calling the FWC Hotline (1-800-636-0511), or visit, or use the FWC reporter app. Information needed includes: (1) date of occurrence, (2) location, (3) water temperature, and (4) photos. Read more at
  • 2019 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day / Emerald Coast Open: The Largest Lionfish Tournament in History. This is the classic Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (LRAD) we have had in Pensacola the last four years – this year, it moves to Destin. There will be cash, gear, and other prizes for spearfishing tournament participants. The pre-tournament submission in lionfish has begun and will continue until May 15. Entry fee is $75 before April 1 and $100 after. Learn more at The public event will be May 18-19 at AJ’s on the HarborWalk Village at Destin Harbor. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day. There will be education and kid booths, lionfish tasting, and live music. Follow the festival on Facebook.
  • Beach vitex – We are still trying to remove beach vitex from Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. If you believe you have this plant – let us know.
  • Giant salvinia – FWC is currently suspending all aquatic invasive removals using herbicides. They will host a series of public meetings to discuss the use of herbicides. Dates and locations TBA. Until then, citizens are asked to remove invasive from local waterways by hand. One local concern is Giant Salvinia. This plant has been found in the Jackson Lakes and upper reaches of Bayou Chico. It is still cold, but when temperatures warm – search for this plant and remove using a crab net (or something similar). Plants should be dried and bagged before disposal. This link has more about this plant.
  • Cuban Treefrogs – It is warming and time for frogs to be moving. Cuban treefrogs have toe pads, like other treefrogs, except they are much larger – up to 5”. You can place PVC pipe next to your home near lights and check for treefrogs to see if you have Cuban Treefrogs. Read the following on how to set up the PVC and what to do if you find a CTF.



Environmental Literacy


  • 2019 SCIENCE HOUR SCHEDULE; programs are held at the Escambia County Central Office Complex; 3363 West Park Place; they begin at 6:00 PM and are free
  • – Apr 11 Beach Safety Dave Greenwood, Water Safety Chief
  • – May 16 NW Florida Aquatic Preserves Beth Fugate, FDEP
  • – Jun 13 Invasive Species Don Buchanon (FWC) Rick O’Connor
  • – Jul 11 Mosquito Control Matthew Mello, Escambia County
  • – Aug 8 Agnotology Chris Fenner, UWF
  • – Sep 12 Genetically Modified Organisms Libbie Johnson, County UF Extension
  • – Oct 10 Online Fact vs. Fiction Jane Daugherty, UWF
  • – Nov 14 Bay Bridge & Artificial Reefs Robert Turpin, Escambia County

New Articles


Upcoming Programs

  • Apr 3 – Guest Lecture with Florida Master Naturalist Director Dr. Marty Main. Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd Niceville, 10:00 AM – $5 – register at
  • Mar 26 – The Perdido Chamber Breakfast Event – Presentations will be made members of county staff and the extension office. $10 for breakfast if you are a member, $15 if you are not. The doors open at 7:00 AM and the event begins at 7:30 AM. Eden Condominiums 16281 Perdido Key Drive.
  • Apr 10 Seagrass, and Terrapin Monitoring Training – This is for volunteers in the Perdido Key area. We will meet at the SW Branch Library on Gulf Beach highway across from the State Park entrance at 10:00 AM. Seagrass training will be first, the trainings will end no later than 12:00 PM. Contact me for more information. Free.
  • Apr 11 – Science Hour; Beach Safety – Dave Greenwood from Escambia County Water Safety will discuss water safety issues as we enter the swimming season. Program will be held at the Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place; 6:00 PM and is free.
  • Apr 13 – Earth Day – Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center – Lots of information tables, activities, and education on local natural resources. Fun for kids. 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Free.
  • Apr 15 – Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Training – This is for volunteers on Navarre Beach, Pensacola Beach, and the Garcon area. We will meet at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center on Navarre Beach from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. Free.
  • Apr 27 – Escambia County Extension Open House – Come see and hear about all the programs that your local extension office puts on. There will be short presentations throughout the morning, as well as information tables, and the Escambia County Master Gardener Plant Sale. 8:30 – 11:30 AM. 3740 Stefani Road Cantonment FL. Free.
  • Apr 27 – Born to Be Wild Celebration – The spring open house for the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. 4:30 – 7:30 PM. 105 N. “S” Street. Free.
  • Apr 29 – Scallop Survey Training – This is for surveys being conducted in Big Lagoon. The training will take place at the SW Branch Library on Gulf Beach Highway. 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
  • May 16 – Science Hour; Florida Department of Environmental Protections Aquatic Preserves – Beth Fugate and Zach Schang will discuss the mission and projects with the Aquatic Preserve section of FDEP. Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place; 6:00 PM. Free.
  • May 18-19 – Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day; This annual two day event will be held at the Harbor Docks in Destin this year.
  • May 23 – Bringing Back the Bayous; A presentation on the health of our bay system and what residents can do to help improve it. The presentation will begin at 6:00 PM. Will be at the SW Branch Library on Gulf Beach Highway near Perdido Key. It is free.




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 Bayou Texar 3 1 1 1
  Sanders Beach 1 2 2 2
Feb Bayou Texar 1 1 2 2
  Sanders Beach 1 2 3 2
Mar 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  
TOTAL 30 samples 19 9 14 11
% OF SAMPLES         .26

Health Advisory Frequency

Body of Water # of samples taken # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 13 5 .38
Sanders Beach 15 4 .27
Bayou Chico 2 2 1.00

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  

Posted: March 28, 2019

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources
Tags: Sea Grant Notes

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