In this Issue:
  • Columbus’s Mermaid; the Florida Manatee
  • An Unwanted Invasive Plant; Beach Vitex
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Mercury and Public Health
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Bioaccumulation of Toxins
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – A Florida Friendly Yard
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Sediments
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, what can you do to help? Biodiversity
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay; what can you do to help? Introduction
  • Is it Seagrass or Seaweed?
  • Two Manatees in Two Weeks
  • Coasts & Marine

    Columbus’s Mermaid; the Florida Manatee

    The manatee may be one of the more iconic animals in the state of Florida. In Wyoming, we think of bison and bears.  In Florida, we think of alligators and manatees.  However, encountering this marine mammal in the Florida panhandle is a relatively rare occurrence… until recently. For several years now, visitors to Wakulla Springs …

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    An Unwanted Invasive Plant; Beach Vitex

    This week’s article is a bit different… it is about nature we hope you DO NOT see – but hope you let us know if you do. Most of you know that Florida, along with many other states, continually battle invasive species.  From Burmese pythons, to lionfish, to monitor lizards, we have problems with them …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Mercury and Public Health

    Shrimp, oysters, blue crab and fish have been harvested from the Pensacola Bay System (PBS) for decades, although there has been a decline in all in recent years. Annual landings (in pounds) have ranged from Fish                        66,000 – 4,600,000   (most are scaienids) Brown shrimp    43,000 – 906,000 Oysters                0 – 492,000 Blue crab             400 – …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Bioaccumulation of Toxins

    What is bioaccumulation of toxins?   Our bodies come in contact, and produce, toxins every day. The production of toxins can result during simple metabolism of food.  However, our bodies are designed with a system to rid us of these toxins.  Toxins are processed by our immune system and removed via our kidneys.  Some chemical …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – A Florida Friendly Yard

    We have been posting articles discussing some of the issues our estuaries are facing; this post will focus on one of the things you can do to help reduce the problem – a Florida Friendly Yard. The University of Florida IFAS developed the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program. It was developed to be included in the …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Sediments

    In the mid 1990’s, the Bay Area Resource Council was created. This multi-county (Escambia and Santa Rosa) organization included local scientists and decision makers to help better understand the health of Pensacola Bay, develop a plan for restoration, and work collaboratively to acquire funding to do so.  At the inaugural meeting, many different scientists spoke …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, what can you do to help? Biodiversity

    Records of the variety of aquatic life in Pensacola Bay go back to the 18th century.  According to these reports, over 1400 species of plants and animals call Pensacola Bay home.  Many of them depend on seagrass, oyster reefs, or marshes to complete their life cycle.  The greatest diversity and abundance are found on the …

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    Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay; what can you do to help? Introduction

    Humans have inhabited the shores of Pensacola Bay for centuries. Impacts on the ecology have happened all along, but the major impacts have occurred in the latter half of the 20th century.  There has been an increase in human population, an increase in development, a decrease in water clarity, a decrease in seagrasses, and a …

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    Is it Seagrass or Seaweed?

    For many, it really does not matter. But is there a difference? Yes… there is.  Seagrass is what typically washes ashore on the Sound side – seaweed is what we typically see on the Gulf.   So what is the difference?   Seagrasses are actually grasses. They are true plants in the sense they have …

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    Two Manatees in Two Weeks

    As a young boy growing up here in the panhandle, I had heard of this thing called a manatee – but had never seen one. They came more into the light when I was a teenager and becoming interested in marine biology.  I was the president of the high school marine biology club and one …

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