Rick O'Connor

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Name: Rick O'Connor
Date registered: April 27, 2012


Sea Grant Extension Agent in Escambia County

Latest posts

  1. The Status of Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture in the U.S. and Florida — June 17, 2017
  2. Manatee Sightings in the Panhandle — May 27, 2017
  3. Look Who Is Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator! — April 29, 2017
  4. Sea Grant Publications on the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill — April 14, 2017
  5. A Florida Native; Tape Grass — April 14, 2017

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The Status of Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture in the U.S. and Florida

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DR. CHARLES ADAMS, FLORIDA SEA GRANT   The demand for seafood in the US continues to grow. This growth is a function of a number of factors, including the increased awareness of the healthful attributes of many finfish and shellfish products, the increased availability of several key imported, cultured species (shrimp, tilapia, …

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Manatee Sightings in the Panhandle

On May 7, 2017 Marsha Stanton spotted a manatee swimming by her pier in Big Lagoon near Pensacola. I am sure this was an exciting moment and Marsha was interested in letting someone know so that the unusual encounter could be logged. There are four species of manatee in the world; the West Indian Manatee …

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Look Who Is Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator!

I received a call the week before Earth Day to let me know that an alligator was laying on Pensacola Beach, on the Gulf side, near the gate to Ft. Pickens. This is certainly not something you see every day. Two questions came up… One, Is this weird? Two, Can alligators tolerate salt water? Let …

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Sea Grant Publications on the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill

  We are pleased to announce the release of a pair of new bulletins outlining how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the popular marine animals dolphins and sea turtles. To read these and other oil spill science publications, go to http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/.    The Deepwater Horizon’s impact on bottlenose dolphins – In 2010, scientists …

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A Florida Native; Tape Grass

Article by Gadsden County Extension Agent DJ Zadarreyal   Vallisneria americana, also known as tape grass or eel grass, is a common native aquatic weed in the state of Florida. Tape grass has tall, grass-like leaves that are a light green in coloration and rise vertically from the crown to the top of the water. …

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Horseshoe Crabs; the Ancient Mariner

Growing up in the Pensacola area, I do not remember seeing many horseshoe crabs around here, but I do remember them.  What I actually remember was how common they were further east in the Panama City and St. Joe area.  These animals are big fans of grass beds, as are sea urchins and scallops, and …

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NISAW 2017: Trying to Stay Ahead of Beach Vitex

Research shows that the most effective time to deal with an invasive species, both in terms of controlling or eradicating the species and money spent to do so, is early on…. What we call Early Detection Rapid Response. Beach vitex is a good candidate for this. The first record for vitex in the Florida panhandle …

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NISAW 2017: It is Common and Abundant, but Torpedo Grass is Still a Problem

They say the best time to attack an invasive species is early in its arrival. In the early stages is your best chance, using the most cost effective methods, of eradicating an invasive species from a region.  Hence our focus on Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) list.  That is not the case with Torpedo Grass.  …

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Say it Ain’t So: Important Apalachicola River Water Dispute Ruling Goes Against Florida

In his 137-page report to the U.S. Supreme Court published on Valentine’s Day, a Special Master appointed to oversee the case has stated, “Because Florida has not met its burden, I recommend that the court deny Florida’s request for relief.” This may not be the final word on the matter but it does sound like …

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Man, It Has Been a Weird Winter

It was February 13, 2017 and the temperature was 74°F… 74!   It has been one strange winter.  The azaleas in my yard have already bloomed, friends of mine have seen butterflies already forming chrysalis, and I have already had to deal with mosquitos; all of this in February.  But, even as we talk about how …

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