Sea Grant Notes – Aug 21, 2020
Extension offices across the district are now slowly opening on a limited basis. Some essential programs are being provided with limited attendance and social distancing. It is still best to contact us by phone or email.
Panhandle Outdoors LIVE – Webinar – Wednesday Sep 2
Identification and Management of Invasive Cogongrass
12:00 – 12:30 CDT
1:00 – 1:30 EDT
This series of webinars is replacing the Panhandle Outdoor LIVE program we typically do but cannot due to COVID-19. The will broadcast the first and third Wednesdays of each month from August 19 through December.
You can find a calendar of all presentations at the link below.
You can register for a talk by clicking on the title.
Water Quality Updates
- Aug 17 – Bayou Grande (POOR – ADVISORY ISSUED) Bayou Chico (MODERATE), bayou Texar, Big Lagoon SP, Johnsons Beach, Sanders Beach, Perdido Key SP (GOOD)
- Aug 18 – Park West (POOR), Casino Beach, Park East, Park West, Opal Beach, Ft. Pickens, Quietwater Beach (GOOD)
- Aug 19 – Park West (GOOD – no advisory issued)
- See all data below
- Rainfall collected weekly from East Hill (UF IFAS)
- Jan (4.0) Feb (2.8) Mar (0.6) – Winter (7.4”)
- Apr (3.2) May (1.6) Jun (6.5) – Spring (11.3”)
- Jul (9.1”) Aug (1.9”)
- The objective to see who has a MEAN, MEDIAN, and MODE 20‰ of higher for seagrass and scallop restoration.
- 2020 2nd Quarter Update
- > 20‰: Big Sabine, Old River, Bayou Grande, Little Sabine, Kees Bayou, Big Lagoon,
- < 20‰: Lower Perdido Bay,
Longnose Killifish Monitoring
- Longnose killifish (Fundulus similis) is being used as an indicator of freshwater tributaries.
- Project on hold due to COVID-19
Red Tide & Harmful Algal Blooms
- Report Date – Aug 14
- Red tide reported from one location in Charlotte County in SW Florida
- No reports from the panhandle
- No reports from the east coast
- HABs not detected in panhandle this week
- No fish kills reported this week.
- No Fish Kills reported in Escambia / Santa Rosa for Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun
- Report fish kills to FWC at – https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/health/fish-kills-hotline/.
Habitat Restoration Updates
- Living Shorelines
- – In the process of monitoring existing projects – reports coming. If interested in a living shoreline contact me.
- Seagrass Monitoring
- – We have begun monitoring in Big Lagoon. A few stations do need volunteers. Some stations will require a boat to access. If interested – contact me.
- Mangrove Surveys
- – We have 10 transects to survey. 3 have been completed. If you are interested in doing one let me know. Paddle craft needed for this, paddleboard works best. If interested – contact me.
- OCEAN HOUR IS BACK IN! BUT the time has changed. They are now meeting at 7:45 AM and cleaning from 8:00 – 9:00. Tomorrow they are cleaning at
Wayside Park East – meet at the visitors center
William Bartram Park
They will be practicing social distancing. Bring your own gloves, closed toed shoes, and water.
Wildlife Monitoring Updates
- Terrapin Surveys – ongoing until Sep 30 – if interested contact me
- Horseshoe Crabs – will resume in the fall – Oct 1
- Barrier Island Cottonmouth Survey – ongoing until Halloween – 7 found – update report in fall
- The Great Scallop Search – WE ARE READY TO BEGIN! This is to survey Big Lagoon. You will need a team of 3 to do this survey. Requires snorkel gear. Underwater gloves recommended. Some locations require a boat to reach. Contact me if you would like to do this.
- The Great Scavenger Hunt – planned for week of Sep 13-19; one on Perdido Key, one on Pensacola Beach – may be impacted by COVID – stay tuned.
- Manatee Watch – More of reports this week. Some post-dated but needed none the less. Reports coming from all over the bay area. 56 reports since Jan 1
- – PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH SIGHTINGS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- – ALSO, APPROACH SHORE AND DOCKS SLOWLY WITH A LOOKOUT IF YOU CAN
- IT IS BIRD NESTING SEASON ON OUR BARRIER ISLANDS – please slow down
Invasive Species Updates
- Cuban Treefrog Records – there has been an increase in reports of these animals in our area. Read the following article to find out where and how to manage this before they become a bigger problem –
We had a webinar on this topic Aug 19 – you can view this by visiting the Panhandle Outdoors Facebook page – be sure to follow us!
- Halloweed – coming in October
- – LRAD has been canceled – there are plans for one next spring!
- The Great Scavenger Hunt – scheduled for the week of Sep 13-19; one on Perdido Key, one on Pensacola Beach – WATCHING COVID SITUATION
Seafood in Peak Season for August
- Rolling out of peak season
- – Crawfish
- – Pink shrimp
- In peak season
- – Clams
- – Flounder
- – King Mackerel – children, pregnant women should only consume one serving a week
- – Brown shrimp (bay shrimp)
- – Rock shrimp
- – White shrimp (Gulf shrimp)
- – Snapper – check state limits and accessibility; change frequently
- – Yellowfin tuna
- Beginning peak season
- – Spanish mackerel
- – Spiny lobster
- Seafood Safety Guidelines – Escambia County Division of Marine Resources – https://www.myescambia.com/our-services/natural-resources-management/marine-resources/seafood-safety.
PANHANDLE OUTDOORS LIVE – WEBINAR
Sep 2 – Identification and Management of Invasive Cogongrass
12:00 – 12:30 CDT
1:00 – 1:30 EDT
Register, and see other webinars, at
BITE SIZED SCIENCE WEBINARS
WE’RE COMING BACK – MORE COOL WEBINARS ON MARINE RELATED TOPICS ARE BEING PLANNED AND SCHEDULED AS WE SPEAK – STAY TUNED.
Round #1 is completed – however, you can view any of the past ones by visiting http://bit.ly/bite-sizedscience
SEAFOOD @ YOUR FINGERTIPS
WE ARE ALSO COMING BACK! MORE COOL RECIPES AND SEAFOOD DISHES FOR YOU TO TRY – STAY TUNED.
Round #1 have all been completed. You can view any of the past programs by visiting the Florida Sea Grant Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/floridaseagrant/.
Or get the recipes at our website – https://www.flseagrant.org/.
Weekly “What is it?” – American Beautyberry
Barrier Island Mammals
Another series being developed to learn more about our marine, and estuarine, wildlife.
A Second Look at Dandelions
Molly Jameson – Leon County Extension
2020 Year of the Turtle – WE HAVE COMPLETED ARTICLES ON ALL FLORIDA SPECIES
You can find any species you are interested by visiting the link below – find the search box near the top entitled “what can we help you with?” – and type in the turtle you are interested in.
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
Health Advisory Frequency
Data provided by the Florida Department of Health’s Healthy Beaches Program
|Body of Water||# of samples collected||# of POOR reports||# of advisories issued||% frequency of advisories|
|Big Lagoon SP||18||2||0||.00|
|Perdido Key SP||20||0||0||.00|
Fish Kill Data provided by FWC (Escambia and Santa Rosa counties)
|Month||# of Fish Kills reported||# of Dead Fish reported||Cause|
|Jul||2||NR||Baitfish at Navarre Beach and Perdido Key; probably a discard|