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Sea Grant Notes – November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019                                       Sea Grant Notes

 

 

2019 HEALTHY BAY REPORT CARD IS OUT

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2019/11/14/2019-healthy-bay-report-card/.

 

HORSESHOE CRAB WATCH THIS WEEKEND

We will have spring high tides Nov 15-18 around midnight, BUT you may see these animals near shore in the afternoons awaiting the golden hour.  Please report any seen to Rick O’Connor at the Escambia County Extension Office.  (850) 475-5230 ext. 111.  Roc1@ufl.edu

 

FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST – HABITAT EVALUATION SHORT COURSE

This 3-day class will teach the basics of habitat evaluation.  The three classes will include large scale assessments, local scale assessments, and water quality assessments.  The classes will be all day Nov 19-21 and taught at the Santa Rosa County Extension office in Milton.  Field experince will be included in each class.  You can review the agenda and register for the course at https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/E19-11.html.

 

This Week

 

Monday Nov 18

Invasive Beach Vitex Removal Workday.  Join Sea Grant in removing this invasive plants from Perdido Key.  We will meet at 8:00 AM at the empty parking area across the street from 14436 River Road.  We will provide tools, you will need gloves and a water bottle.  It will is forecasted to be cold, so be prepared for this.  We should be done by 10:00 AM.  For more information contact Rick O’Connor – roc1@ufl.edu.

Perdido Key

8:00 – 10:00 AM

 

Monday Nov 18

Escambia County Marine Advisory Meeting.

Escambia County Central Office Complex

3363 West Park Place

6:00 – 7:00 PM

 

Current Articles

 

Wild Turkey Biology and Habitat Management

http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/nat/.

 

Water Quality  

 

Health Advisories

  • AS WE MOVE INTO NOVEMBER FDOH ONLY MONITORS SANDERS BEACH AND BAYOU TEXAR
  • Sanders Beach – GOOD
  • Bayou Texar – MODERATE
  • 2019 data at end of these notes

Rainfall

  • 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”) – summer = 13.0”*
  • Oct (6.2”) Nov (1.3”)
  • * Sea Grant was not available to monitor rain gauge in July – gauge indicated 5” during the month in East Hill

Red Tide

  • Last report was posted Nov 13 (FWC)
  • Panhandle – not detected.
  • SW Florida – detected in Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties; FISH KILLS in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties; RESPIRATORY ISSUES in Sarasota and Lee counties.  
  • East Coast of FL – not detected.

Fish Kills

Citizen Science Water Quality Data Report is out https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/escambiaco/2019/11/14/2019-healthy-bay-report-card/.  

 

 

Habitat Restoration

 

  • OCEAN HOUR Clean Ups Nov 9  
  • – Wayside Park & Graffiti Bridge
  • – William Bartram Park across from Seville Square

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.  Contact me if interested in learning more.

 

Wildlife & Fisheries

 

  • Horseshoe Crab Watch
  • – October begins the fall survey season for nesting horseshoe crabs. They nest along shore during the high tides of the full and new moons.  Best days and times to search: Contact me if you find one.
  • – Nov 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17, 18, 26, 27, 28
  • – Dec 13, 14, 24, 25, 26
  • Diamondback terrapin survey report coming soon
  • The Great Scallop Search results coming soon

 

Invasive Species

 

  • Beach Vitex
  • – Two vitex removal work days are planned for November.
  • November 18 Perdido Key Drive – meeting location TBD
  • Invasive Lionfish
  • – 4 Lionfish were found near the Ft. Pickens fishing pier while they were conducting an underwater clean-up there. We continue to survey for lionfish in the Ft. Pickens area.  If anyone finds lionfish inside Pensacola Bay, please report location to us.
  • Regal Damselfish – Is an invasive species that FWC and UF are watching for. Reports of this species on local reefs have been occurring (along with video).  These are difficult to capture and remove.  Hand nets are probably best bet at this time.  Please let us know if you see any of these while diving.

 

Seafood

 

 

Environmental Literacy

 

  • FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM – Habitat Evaluation (short course)
  • – This 3-day class will cover the basics of evaluating habitats. The three classes will include large scale assessments, local scale assessments, and water quality.  All classes will be taught at the Santa Rosa County Extension office in Milton and each will include field experience.
  • – To review agenda and register for the class, visit https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/E19-11.html.

 

 

Upcoming Programs

 

  • Nov 18 Beach Vitex Removal Work Day – Perdido Key. Meeting location TBD.
  • Nov 18 Escambia County Marine Advisory Committee – Escambia County Central Office Complex – 3363 West Park Place – 5:30 PM.
  • Nov 19-21 – Florida Master Naturalist Short Course: Habitat Evaluation. Santa Rosa County Extension Office and field practice.

 

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
Jan 10       3
  Bayou Texar 3 1 1 1
  Sanders Beach 1 2 2 2
Feb 9       4
  Bayou Texar 1 1 2 2
  Sanders Beach 1 2 3 2
Mar 24       4
  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  
Apr 35       6
  Bayou Texar 2   3 3
  Sanders Beach 3 1 1 1
  Bayou Chico 1 1 1 1
  Bayou Grande 2   1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 3      
  Casino Beach 3      
  Park East 3      
  Park West 2      
  Perdido Key SP 2      
  Quietwater 3   1  
  Opal Beach 1      
  Ft. Pickens 1      
May 26       4
  Bayou Texar 2   2 2
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico 1   1 1
  Bayou Grande 1   1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 2      
  Casino Beach 2      
  Park East 2      
  Park West 2      
  Perdido Key SP 2      
  Quietwater 1 1    
  Opal Beach 1      
  Ft. Pickens 1      
Jun 28       0
  Bayou Texar 3 1    
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico 1 1    
  Bayou Grande 2      
  Big Lagoon SP 2      
  Casino Beach 2      
  Park East 2      
  Park West 2      
  Perdido Key SP 2      
  Quietwater 2      
  Opal Beach 2      
  Ft. Pickens 2      
Jul 44       4
  Bayou Texar 3   2 2
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico 2   1 1
  Bayou Grande 3      
  Big Lagoon SP 2 1    
  Casino Beach 3      
  Park East 3      
  Park West 3   2 1
  Perdido Key SP 3      
  Quietwater 3      
  Opal Beach 3   1  
  Ft. Pickens 1 1    
  Johnsons Beach 3      
Aug 57       7
  Bayou Texar 1   3 3
  Sanders Beach 4   3  
  Bayou Chico 1   3 3
  Bayou Grande   3 1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 3   1  
  Casino Beach 4   1  
  Park East 4      
  Park West 4      
  Perdido Key SP 4      
  Quietwater 3   2  
  Opal Beach 4      
  Ft. Pickens 3 1    
  Johnsons Beach 2 2    
Sep 46       4
  Bayou Texar 4      
  Sanders Beach 3 1    
  Bayou Chico     4 3
  Bayou Grande 1 2 1 1
  Big Lagoon SP 2 2    
  Casino Beach 3   1  
  Park East 4      
  Park West 3   1  
  Perdido Key SP 4      
  Quietwater 4      
  Opal Beach 2      
  Ft. Pickens 1   1  
  Johnsons Beach 1      
Oct 52       6
  Bayou Texar 5      
  Sanders Beach 4   1  
  Bayou Chico 2   3 3
  Bayou Grande 1 1 3 3
  Big Lagoon SP 5      
  Casino Beach 5      
  Park East 5      
  Park West 5      
  Perdido Key SP 5      
  Quietwater 5 2    
Nov 9       0
  Bayou Texar 5 1    
  Sanders Beach 5   1  
TOTAL 293 208 33 55 38
% OF SAMPLES         .13

 

Health Advisory Frequency

Body of Water # of samples taken # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 46 15 .33
Sanders Beach 50 5 .10
Bayou Chico 25 14 .56
Bayou Grande 25 7 .28
Park West 27 1 .04
Casino Beach 26 1 .04

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  
Apr 0 0  
May 0 0  
June 0 0  
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

Sep 3 Unknown Unknown

Tarpon Perdido Key Beach

Mullet.Blue Crab. Sea Turtle @ Herron Bayou

Pond @ Tiger Point golf course

Oct 12 Unknown 11 reports of menhaden in Bayou Chico

1 report from Ramsey Beach on Perdido Bay

Nov 0 0