Marine invertebrate species are among the most diverse group of organisms on the planet. From giant squid and octopus with huge brains and mind-blowing camouflage capability to free-floating comb jellies, they are endlessly fascinating.
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From the moment I joined Florida Sea Grant our community has been concerned with the number of health advisories issued in the Pensacola Bay area. Bayou Chico is our local BMAP waterway (Basin Management Action Plan) which ... READ MORE
Many scientists would agree that one of the countries’ number one water quality issues are excessive nutrients. Excessive nutrients can lead to algal blooms which in turn can reduce dissolved through the process of ... READ MORE
Fecal pollution can pose major health problems for those who live and play along the Gulf of Mexico. It also can be disastrous for local economies that depend on tourism. This issue is of increasing concern around Pensacola Bay, Florida, where ... READ MORE
Project Objective: Organize health advisory data collected by the Florida Health Department to determine what percent of samples collected from each body of water requires a health advisory.
Health advisories are issued when ... READ MORE
Project Goal: To determine the central tendencies of salinity in different parts of the Pensacola Bay System.
Historically, the Pensacola Bay area receives 65 inches each year1. But in the last decade this has increased to 75 inches2. ... READ MORE
In 2017 researchers from Auburn University published a paper looking at the impact of development in Baldwin County on the streams that feed the lower Perdido Bay system. In this study they also included streams from the Florida side of Perdido ... READ MORE
Historically the average rainfall in the Pensacola Bay is around 60 inches per year. However, over the past 10 years that has increased to slightly more than 75 inches per year (see Table 1). The frequency of those levels ... READ MORE
You cannot have a healthy estuary without healthy habitats. Estuaries include habitats such as mud flats, sand bottoms, salt marshes, mangrove swamps, oyster reefs, and seagrass meadows. Here in the Pensacola Bay system Florida Sea Grant ... READ MORE
When I first joined Florida Sea Grant water quality was, and still is, a big issue in the community. Many remember the 1960s and 1970s when fish kills were common, industrial waste was discharged into local waterways, fish were changing sex ... READ MORE