September 19, 2019 Sea Grant Notes
THE INAUGURAL GREAT SCAVENGER HUNT
Join the extension office and the Pensacola-Perdido Bay Estuary Program for a family fun scavenger hunt searching for cool plants and animals within, and along the shores of Pensacola Bay. Teams can search beach & dunes, salt marshes, seagrass beds, or hardened structures such as docks, seawalls, or jetties.
The event will be the week of Oct 13 – 19.
Extension will have three workshops to go over everything
Sep 30 Navarre Beach Marine Science Station – 5:30 PM
Oct 2 Downtown Pensacola Library – 6:00 PM
Oct 3 Southwest Library near Perdido Key – 6:00 PM
Visit the following link for more information
2019 INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN UP
There will be numerous clean ups this Saturday.
- – Ocean Hour will be cleaning Wayside Park, Graffiti Bridge, and Bartram Park
- – Keep Pensacola Beautiful will be cleaning at Park West
- – Keep Santa Rosa County Beautiful will be cleaning at Navarre Fishing Pier
- – Coastal Community Clean Up will be at the Destin Bridge
WHAT IS ‘GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE’ AND HOW CAN IT BENEFIT PANHANDLE BAYS? UF PARTNERS WITH SANTA ROSA AND ESCAMBIA COUNTIES FOR FREE WORKSHOPS
MILTON, Fla. — Residents can learn about practices aimed at mitigating flood risks and improving water quality around Pensacola and Perdido Bays at three community workshops, co-hosted by University of Florida faculty and Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
“Low-impact development and ‘green infrastructure’ are ways to improve communities’ resiliency to wet-weather impacts,” said Eban Bean, an assistant professor of urban water resources at the University of Florida in Gainesville. “Features such as rain gardens, vegetative swales, permeable pavement, green roofs and rain barrels can be designed reduce flooding and improve water quality.”
In the three events hosted in October in Gulf Breeze, Pensacola and Milton, UF/IFAS Extension and research faculty have partnered with the counties’ staffs to educate the public and gain feedback on implementing such strategies in the area.
Bean and Matthew Deitch, an assistant professor of watershed management at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton, will lead the discussions about urban runoff and water quality in the Panhandle. They’ll also describe how green infrastructure has been used throughout Florida to benefit communities.
After the educational sessions, participants can provide input on places where flooding is common and where water quality is impaired. This feedback will help decide areas where researchers will collect runoff and water quality data for the next two years and test the benefits of green infrastructure on flooding and water quality using computer simulations. Results will be shared at future workshops and guide future projects to reduce flooding and improve water quality in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
Online registration is encouraged and can be found at freeworkshop.eventbrite.com. The first 50 attendees at each meeting will receive an emergency rain poncho.
WHO: UF/IFAS faculty, partnered with Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, to inform residents in Pensacola Bay and Perdido Bay watersheds.
WHAT: Three free community workshops designed to educate the public about green infrastructure as a solution to flooding and water quality impairment.
DATES AND LOCATIONS:
- Oct. 1 at the Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane, in Gulf Breeze
- Oct. 3 at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, in Pensacola
- Oct. 10 at the University of Florida at Pensacola State College Milton Campus, 5988 U.S. 90, Building 4900
TIME: All workshops run from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
For questions or more information, contact Matthew Deitch at 850-983-7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER IS MICROPLASTICS AWARNESS MONTH
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COASTWATCH ALLIANCE IS SEEKING SPONSORS FOR THEIR FALL PENSACOLA LIONFISH CLASSIC
This non-profit is planning a lionfish removal event Oct 4-6 and is in need of sponsors. Contact me at the extension office for more information on how.
No Extension Programs this week
Aquatic Weed Control – Common Salvinia
The Plight of the Bay Scallop
- 10 stations sampled last week
- Monday Sep 16 – Chico, Grande, Texar, Big Lagoon SP, Perdido Key SP, and Sanders Beach
- Tuesday Sep 17 – Casino Beach, Park East, Park West, Quietwater
- POOR ADVISORY ISSUED – Bayou Chico
- POOR BUT NO ADVISORY ISSUED – Casino Beach
- MODERATE – Bayou Grande, Big Lagoon SP, Sanders Beach
- GOOD – Bayou Texar, Park East, Perdido Key SP, Quietwater Beach
- 2019 data at end of these notes
- Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
- Jan (2.1”) Feb (1.5”) Mar (0.7”) – winter = 4.3”
- Apr (6.3”) May (1.0”) June (7.4”) – spring = 14.7”
- Jul (5.0’*) Aug (8.0”) Sep (0.0”)
- * Sea Grant was not available to monitor rain gauge in July – gauge indicated 5” during the month in East Hill
- Last report issued was Sep 13 (FWC)
- Background levels of red tide were detected at one station in Bay County in the Florida panhandle
- In southwest Florida red tide was detected at background levels in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties
- Red tide was not detected along the east coast of Florida
- Sep 10 fish kill reported at Perdido Key Beach – tarpon
- Two fish kills reported in August. One was dead catfish in lower Perdido Bay and the other was assorted species at Emerald Beach Park in Navarre.
- No other reports this year.
- Report fish kills to FWC at – https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.
LAKEWATCH Nutrient Data
- The 2019 report is out – read more at https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2019/08/22/nutrient-pollution-in-pensacola-bay-the-2019-lakewatch-report-for-escambia-county-waters/.
- One species of killifish, the Longnose Killifish (Fundulus similis) has low tolerance for freshwater. Working with Auburn University, we will be monitoring selected estuarine tidal creeks for the presence of this fish.
- Project still under development.
- We have volunteers monitoring salinity around the Pensacola/Perdido Bay system
- First report coming soon
- Maintain your septic tank
- Do not pour fats, oils, or grease down drains – http://www.ecua.fl.gov/green/fats-oils-and-grease.
- Consider a Florida Friendly Landscaped yard – https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection opens their new interactive algal bloom dashboard – https://floridadep.gov/algalbloom.
Bringing Back the Bayous Program – presentation on the state of the bay and how you can help
- Oct 29 – Margaritaville, Pensacola Beach, 165 Ft. Pickens Road, 5:00 PM
- OCEAN HOUR Clean Ups Sep 21
- – INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN UP WEEKEND!
- – Wayside Park and Graffiti Bridge – meet at the Visitors Center
- – Bartram Park – across from the Seville Square
- – Ocean Hour has removed 14,259 pounds of debris in 2019 – thanks volunteers!
Clean Ups begin at 9:00 and supplies are provided
- Living Shorelines
The best time to have a living shoreline planted is the fall and winter. However, we can assist any coastal property owner with this anytime of the year. Contact me if interested in learning more.
- Seagrass Monitoring
- – Monitoring of Big Lagoon grasses began May 1 and will run through the end of September; a full update will be posted in the fall
- Mangrove Surveys
- – We have completed all 10 surveys for Escambia County – no mangroves were found in 2019
- – If you believe you have seen this plant growing in our marshes, please let us know
Wildlife & Fisheries
- Horseshoe Crab Nesting Search
- – Sightings of horseshoe crabs continues but no reports of nesting activity yet.
- – We will continue searching in the fall
- Diamondback terrapins
- – Terrapin surveys have been completed. We will announce report later this year.
- – No snake programs planned this month.
- – Sightings continue around Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.
- – We lost three manatees in Escambia County in 2018. 2 to boat strikes and 1 to cold stress
- – If you see a manatee, contact the manatee hotline at Dauphin Island Sea Lab; 1-866-493-5803 or email@example.com.
- The Great Scallop Search
- – Scallop surveys in Big Lagoon are on-going. We recommend a team of three to do these. If interested contact me.
- 2019 Scallop Season
- – Dixie and parts of Taylor counties ARE NOW CLOSED
- – Jul 1 – Sep 24: Franklin, parts of Taylor, Levy, Citrus, and Hernando counties
- – Pasco County NOW CLOSED
- – Gulf county NOW CLOSED
- – Scallop harvest is currently prohibited in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties; please let us know if you do find any live scallops.
- Eradicating Beach Vitex
We continue to remove beach vitex this fall. If you believe you have this invasive plant, contact the extension office for methods of removal and management.
- Coastal Invasive Plant Management
The following invasive plants have been found on our barrier islands and estuarine coast
- – Beach vitex – http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/vitex-rotundifolia/.
- – Cogongrass – http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/imperata-cylindrica/.
- – Chinese tallow – http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/triadica-sebifera/.
- – Torpedo grass – http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/panicum-repens/.
- – Giant salvinia – http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/salvinia-molesta/.
- – Phragmites – the variety we have is not considered invasive, but the invasive variety has been noted in MS – https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in898.
- Invasive Lionfish
- – Lionfish caught inside the Bay; our second dive at Ft. Pickens this month do not find any lionfish. We now have six verified records within the bay since 2014.
- – Report Skin Ulcerated 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 public.myFWC.com/FWRI/FishKillReport/Submit.aspx, or use the FWC reporter app. Information needed includes: (1) date of occurrence, (2) location, (3) water temperature, and (4) photos. Read more at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa209.
- – 2019 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day / Emerald Coast Open: The Largest Lionfish Tournament in History. It was a record year for the annual lionfish event.
187 divers participated – record
$48,000 in cash prizes – most ever
5,048 LF turned in during pre-tournament – record
14,119 LF turned in during the weekend tournament – record
19,167 LF harvested total – record
- Invasive Wildlife
- – Nutria – A dead nutria was found on the side of Perdido Key Drive near the Theo Baars Bridge. It was a large one and there are probably more. If you live in the Perdido Key area and think you have seen a nutria, contact us and we can let you know how to control there.
- – Cuban Treefrogs – The have been reported in the New Orleans area. We can show you how to set up a treefrog collector and assist monitoring for the presence of this invasive frog in our area. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw259.
- Invasive Species Presentations
- – Oct 22 – Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Hwy, 6:00 PM
- Seafood @ Your Fingertips
- – Presentation on local seafood, with samples
- – October 15, Downtown Library, 239 N. Spring Street, 6:00 PM
- Local Seafood in Peak Season for September
- – Cultured clams
- – King mackerel – this fish has been known to have high levels of mercury, check county website for consumption recommendations – link below
- – Mullet
- – Oysters
- – Brown shrimp
- – Rock shrimp
- – White shrimp
- – Snapper (check annual regulations)
- – Spanish mackerel
- – Spiny lobster
- – Swordfish
- – Yellowfin Tuna
- Seafood Safety Guidelines – Escambia County Division of Marine Resources – https://www.myescambia.com/our-services/natural-resources-management/marine-resources/seafood-safety.
- 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
- – Oct 10 Harmful Algal Blooms Matt Schwartz, UWF
- – Nov 14 Bay Bridge & Artificial Reefs Robert Turpin, Escambia County
- Sep 30 – The Great Scavenger Hunt Workshop – Sea Grant will explain how you, and your family, can participate in this new event. Navarre Beach Marine Science Station – 8638 Blue Heron Ct – 5:30 PM
- Oct 1 – Green Infrastructure and Estuarine Health Workshop – Join UF Milton, UF Extension, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties for a workshop on how green infrastructure can help solve some community problems. Tiger Point – 1370 Tiger Point Lane Gulf Breeze – 6:00 PM
- Oct 2 – The Great Scavenger Hunt Workshop – Sea Grant will explain how you, and your family, can participate in this new event. Downtown library meeting room B – 239 N. Spring Street – 6:00 PM
- Oct 3 – The Great Scavenger Hunt Workshop – Sea Grant will explain how you, and your family, can participate in this new event. Southwest Branch Library – 12248 Gulf Beach Highway – 6:00 PM
- Oct 3 – Green Infrastructure and Estuarine Health Workshop – Join UF Milton, UF Extension, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties for a workshop on how green infrastructure can help solve some community problems. Sanders Beach – Corrine Jones Center – 913 S. “I” Street – 6:00 PM
- Oct 10 – Science Hour – This month’s presentation will be by Dr. Matt Schwartz (UWF) on Harmful Algal Blooms – 3363 West Park Place – 6:00 PM
- Oct 10 – Green Infrastructure and Estuarine Health Workshop – Join UF Milton, UF Extension, Santa Rosa, and Escambia counties for a workshop on how green infrastructure can help solve some community problems. UF Milton Campus – 5988 U.S. Highway 90 – Building 4900 – 6:00 PM
- Oct 15 – Seafood @ Your Fingertips – Sea Grant, Escambia County Extension, and Perdido Seafood, will have a presentation on local seafood topics. Downtown Library – 239 N. Spring Street – 6:00 PM.
- Oct 22 – Invasive Species – Sea Grant will give a presentation on local invasive species issues. Southwest Branch Library – 12248 Gulf Beach Highway – 6:00 PM.
- Oct 29 – Bringing Back the Bayous – Sea Grant will give a presentation on the health of our bay. Margaritaville – 165 Ft. Pickens Road – Pensacola Beach – 4:00 PM.
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
Data provided by the Florida Department of Health’s Healthy Beaches Program
|Month||Water Body||Good||Moderate||Poor||Health Advisory Issued|
|Big Lagoon SP||2|
|Perdido Key SP||1||1|
|Big Lagoon SP||3|
|Perdido Key SP||2|
|Big Lagoon SP||2|
|Perdido Key SP||2|
|Big Lagoon SP||2|
|Perdido Key SP||2|
|Big Lagoon SP||2||1|
|Perdido Key SP||3|
|Big Lagoon SP||3||1|
|Perdido Key SP||4|
|Big Lagoon SP||2||1|
|Perdido Key SP||3|
|% OF SAMPLES||.14|
Health Advisory Frequency
|Body of Water||# of samples taken||# of advisories issued||% frequency of advisories|
Fish Kill Data provided by FWC
|Month||# of Fish Kills reported||# of Dead Fish reported||Cause|
|July –||Johns Beach report – # unknown||Unknown||May have been discolored water|
|Aug||2||Unknown||Dead catfish in lower Perdido Bay
Multiple species from Emerald Beach Park in Navarre
Tarpon Perdido Key Beach