In this Issue:
  • Say it Ain’t So: Important Apalachicola River Water Dispute Ruling Goes Against Florida
  • Ready for Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop Wednesday February 22
  • I’m so confused about seafood!
  • Celebrating Choctawhatchee Bay – National Estuaries Week
  • The Autumn Journey of Red Drum
  • The Return of the Bay Scallop to Pensacola Bay?
  • Oil Spill Science Seminar held in Okaloosa County
  • Bacteria at the Beach
  • Sea Grant Monitors Occurrence of Goliath Groupers in the Panhandle
  • Oil Spill Science: Five years later, what have we learned?
  • Fisheries

    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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    Ready for Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop Wednesday February 22

    Researchers from University of West Florida recently estimated the value of Artificial Reefs to Florida’s coastal economy. Bay County artificial reefs provide 49.02 million dollars annually in personal income to local residents.  Bay County ranks 8th in the state of Florida with 1,936 fishing and diving jobs. This important economic study gives updated guidance and …

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    I’m so confused about seafood!

    I’ve spent the past 25 years studying and growing fish. When folks find out I’m a fish head, I often get a lot of questions about the safety and sustainability of many seafood products.  It seems that the media and other groups have done a good job of scaring and confusing the American public to …

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    Celebrating Choctawhatchee Bay – National Estuaries Week

    September 17-24, 2016 was the nation’s 28th time to celebrate America’s coasts and estuaries during National Estuaries Week.  This week helps us to remember to appreciate the challenges these coastal ecosystems face, along with their beauty and utility. Estuaries, semi-enclosed bodies of water with both fresh and saltwater, dot the Gulf Coast of the United …

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    The Autumn Journey of Red Drum

    Cool mornings this week reminded everyone fall is just around the corner. This subtle change in temperature inspires many of us to behave differently. It’s actually enjoyable to be outside again. Now, it’s easier to relax and drink a morning cup of pumpkin spice coffee on the porch or maybe take a brisk evening walk. …

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    The Return of the Bay Scallop to Pensacola Bay?

    MAN do folks in the Florida panhandle like scallops. I recently visited boat ramps at Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach (in the Big Bend) and the parking lots were full of trucks and boat trailers belonging to people combing the grassbeds of the Gulf searching for this popular bivalve.  Scalloping is a fun activity that gets …

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    Oil Spill Science Seminar held in Okaloosa County

    The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore of Louisiana in April 2010. Approximately 172 million gallons of oil entered the Gulf of Mexico. Five years after the incident, locals and tourists still have questions. The Okaloosa County UF/IFAS Extension Office invited a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Scientist, Dr. Monica Wilson, …

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    Bacteria at the Beach

    The threat of bacteria in coastal waters can be scary and a challenge to understand. Here is information that helps clarify the threat to beach visitors and recreational users of marine waters. This is a good opportunity to think about bacteria exposure risks related to the coastal environment that we can control. It is important …

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    Sea Grant Monitors Occurrence of Goliath Groupers in the Panhandle

    For several years now Dr. Angela Collins, with Florida Sea Grant, has been conducting research on the status of the Goliath Grouper.  This extremely large member of the Family Serranidae has been of concern to fishermen, divers, and resource managers in south Florida.  The harvest of goliath groupers has been prohibited since 1990 but their populations …

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    Oil Spill Science: Five years later, what have we learned?

    The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore of Louisiana in April 2010. Approximately 172 million gallons of oil entered the Gulf of Mexico. Five years after the incident, locals and tourists still have questions. This article addresses the five most common questions. QUESTION #1: Is Gulf seafood safe to eat? Ongoing …

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