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Sea Grant Notes – Nov 22, 2019

November 22, 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/.

 

SHINING A LIGHT ON DEEPWATER HORIZON IMPACTS TO THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill reached 178 miles of Florida panhandle beaches.  Come to a free presentation on how this impacted local marine life and more.  Register at  https://usmuw.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9vmreHLxgSFVfBr.

HORSESHOE CRAB WATCH     

Next best days for finding horseshoe crabs will be Nov 26, 27, 28.

High tides will be running between 9:00 PM and Midnight those days, but you may catch a glimpse of one near the shore during daylight hours.  Contact me if you do.

 

This Week

No programs this week – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

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 – GOOD
  • 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 20 (FWC)
  • Panhandle – Red tide was detected at background levels in Escambia and Bay counties.
  • SW Florida – detected in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties; FISH KILLS in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties; RESPIRATORY ISSUES in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier 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 23  
  • – Quitewater to Morgan Park – meet at Seashell at Quietwater Boardkwalk
  • – Sanders Beach Corrine Center – 913 “I” Street

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

 

 

Invasive Species

 

  • Beach Vitex
  • – For 2019 we have identified 68 sites from Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Perdido Key, and Perdido Bay.
  • – 81% have either been removed or are under treatment at this time.
  • – 2020 we will continue to survey and have removal workdays. If you think you may have this plant on your property, please contact us. 
  • 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

 

  • SHINING A LIGHT ON DEEPWATER HORIZON IMPACTS TO THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE
  • The Deepwater Horizon oil spill reached 178 miles of Florida panhandle beaches. Come to a free presentation on how this impacted local marine life and more.  Register at  https://usmuw.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9vmreHLxgSFVfBr.

Upcoming Programs

 

  • We have no more programs scheduled for 2019. We will post the 2020 Science Hour line up next week.

 

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 6 1    
  Sanders Beach 6   1  
TOTAL 295 210 33 55 38
% OF SAMPLES         .13

 

Health Advisory Frequency

Body of Water # of samples taken # of advisories issued % frequency of advisories
Bayou Texar 47 15 .32
Sanders Beach 51 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