In this Issue:
  • Sea Turtles of the Panhandle: 2016 Nesting Numbers and Notes
  • Ready for Northwest Florida Artificial Reef Workshop Wednesday February 22
  • Christmas”sea” Cheer!
  • The Autumn Journey of Red Drum
  • Bay County Deploys First Super Reefs in Panama City Beach
  • Scallop Season Postponed – Fishing Fun Available Now
  • They Call it “Sea Lice”
  • Sea Turtles in the Florida Panhandle
  • Oil Spill Science: Five years later, what have we learned?
  • Be Beach Aware with Jellyfish Out There
  • Sea Life

    Sea Turtles of the Panhandle: 2016 Nesting Numbers and Notes

    There are five species of sea turtles that nest from May through October on Florida beaches. The loggerhead, the green turtle and the leatherback all nest regularly in the Panhandle, with the loggerhead being the most frequent visitor.  Two other species, the hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley nest infrequently.  All five species are listed as either …

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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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    Christmas”sea” Cheer!

    The holiday season is a special time for most of us! There are many creatures that live under the sea that represent many of our holiday traditions. Photo Credit: Fl. Museum Of Natural  History, George Burgess Small cookie cutter sharks are found in very deep water during the day, at night they migrate up the water …

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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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    Bay County Deploys First Super Reefs in Panama City Beach

    Earlier this year, Bay County completed an artificial reef project in Gulf waters approximately 3 nautical miles (nm) south of the Panama City Beach Pier (Pier Park) and 11 nm west of St Andrew Bay Pass in Small Area Artificial Reef Site D. On May 14, five Super Reefs were deployed, each weighing approximately 36,000 …

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    Scallop Season Postponed – Fishing Fun Available Now

    If you had plans to go scalloping in St. Joseph Bay over the long holiday weekend I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. FWC has postponed the opening day of scallop harvesting season in St. Joseph Bay until August 22. The postponement, along with other conservation efforts, is intended to provide the scallop population …

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    They Call it “Sea Lice”

    I have played in the waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico all of my life… but I have never heard of this – “sea lice.” It has been in the news recently and I have had a couple inquiries concerning it so I decided to investigate.   A few weeks ago there was a …

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    Sea Turtles in the Florida Panhandle

      Florida has the highest number of sea turtles of any state in the continental US. Three species are common here including loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. The Federal Endangered Species Act lists all of sea turtles in Florida as either threatened or endangered. Sea turtle nesting season for the area began May 1, 2016. …

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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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    Be Beach Aware with Jellyfish Out There

    Summertime and swimming at the beach just go together naturally in Florida with our state’s more than 1,000 miles of coastline. Many fond memories are created along these salty margins and the Panhandle region of the state has some of the top-rated beaches in the world. It is a great place to experience a relaxing, …

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