In this Issue:
  • Who is the Creature That Causes Red Tide: Information on Karenia brevis
  • Florida’s Water Quality Woes
  • After Shark Week; What Visitors Should Know About Sharks
  • Restoring the Health of Pensacola Bay, What Can You Do to Help? – Fecal Bacteria
  • Researchers Test Traps for Controlling Deepwater Invasive Lionfish
  • ACF Water War Update: US Supreme Court Rules on Florida v. Georgia
  • 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
  • Coasts & Marine

    Who is the Creature That Causes Red Tide: Information on Karenia brevis

    When I was in high school we were required to take a semester of communism during our senior year – the idea was to “know the enemy”. That is what we plan to do here… But, the enemy is a microscopic plant.   Its name is Karenia brevis.  It is one of about 10 species …

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    Florida’s Water Quality Woes

    Being in the panhandle of Florida you may, or may not, have heard about the water quality issues hindering the southern part of the state. Water discharged from Lake Okeechobee is full of nutrients.  These nutrients are coming from agriculture, unmaintained septic tanks, and developed landscaping – among other things.  The discharges that head east …

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    After Shark Week; What Visitors Should Know About Sharks

    In recent weeks, the country has heard about shark attacks off the Carolina coast and great whites off the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico – then of course, we just completed “Shark Week”. This sometimes makes visitors to our beaches a bit unnerved about swimming.  Each year we hear about how other activities …

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

    Of all the issues facing our local estuaries, high levels of fecal bacteria is the one that hinders commercial and recreational use the most. When bacteria levels increase and health advisories are issued, people become leery of swimming, paddling, or consuming seafood from these waterways. I have been following the fecal bacteria situation in the …

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    Researchers Test Traps for Controlling Deepwater Invasive Lionfish

    Written By: Laura Tiu, Holden Harris, and Alexander Fogg It’s early morning as Dreadknot Charters speeds out of Destin Harbor towards the offshore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers Holden Harris (Graduate Research Fellow, University of Florida), Alex Fogg, (Marine Resource Coordinator, Okaloosa County), and the Dreadknot crew, Josh and Joe Livingston, ready their …

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    ACF Water War Update: US Supreme Court Rules on Florida v. Georgia

    If you have not seen the news yet, the US Supreme Court provided a ruling on June 27, 2018 regarding the decades-long conflict between Florida and Georgia over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint tri-state river basin. Guess what; the battle continues. Following the previous findings of the court-appointed Special Master and his recommendation to deny …

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    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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