Sea Grant provides trainings and opportunities for residents to monitor the health of our bay. These programs include:
Microplastics – Involves collecting water samples at selected locations and uploading data to state website: occurs year round.
Living Shoreline – Monitoring plant dispersal and wildlife abundance in a restored salt marsh: spring and summer.
Diamondback Terrapins - Surveying selected salt marsh beaches for evidence of terrapin nesting and estimate relative abundance. May require paddle craft: spring.
Mangroves - Surveying one of 10 selected lagoons for the presence of mangroves. Will require paddle craft: summer.
Seagrass - Monitoring seagrass growth, dispersal, and marine life at four selected stations within a selected seagrass meadow. Will require snorkeling and the collection of water samples to be analyzed by UWF: spring, summer, fall.
LakeWatch - Monitoring nutrients at three selected stations within a body of water. Samples are collected and iced for analysis at the University of Florida. Requires a boat: year round.
Water Watch – Sampling for fecal bacteria at selected locations each month. Samples are analyzed by Escambia County Division of Natural Resources: year round.
Lionfish - Monitoring for the presence of lionfish within the bay system. This will require a dock for placing minnow traps. Traps are checked weekly: summer and fall.
Vitex – Surveying selected coastal beaches for the presence of this invasive plant: spring, summer, fall.
RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Sea Grant/Marine Science
3740 Stefani Road
Cantonment, FL 32533