Monthly Archives: February 2013
Since the devastating red tide of 2005, we have been fortunate in that there have only been infrequent minor red tide events along Florida’s southwest coast. During 2005, residents and tourists were subjected to what seemed like endless months of dead fish washing up on our beaches and beach-goers fled our beaches due to the respiratory distress caused by the neurotoxin produced by the red tide organism – the stench from rotting fish didn’t help matters. Newspapers trumpeted headlines about “dead zones” in the Gulf where essentially every living creature had died.
Red tide is caused by the presence of a microscopic plant-like organism that secretes a nuerotoxin.
Salty Topics Marine Research Speaker
Hilary Stockdon, PhD
Thurs, March 7, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm
Weedon Island Preserve
1800 Weedon Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Hurricanes generate dangerous waves and surge capable of moving large amounts of sand, destroying buildings and infrastructure, and even taking lives. Storm forces reshape our nation’s coastline by removing protective sand dunes that line much of our shorelines, making the coast vulnerability to future storms.
Current recommendations include eating two seafood meals a week. Seafood is a nutritious, high protein food but confusion exists about the risks associated with consuming and preparing seafood. The Florida Sea Grant Extension Program is offering a Brown Bag Webinar Series to discuss balancing the benefits and risks of consuming seafood. Spend your lunchtime with us learning about seafood health and safety.
Webinars are offered select Thursdays and Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 EST
February 16 and 17, 10 – 6.
Festival Website click here
Get ready for two unique days of fun and family entertainment along the historic and picturesque shoreline of Cortez. If you love seafood and want to savor a taste of Florida’s history, don’t miss the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
The Festival is a special event: visitors will be welcomed to help Cortezians celebrate their love of marine life and pride in their heritage. Festival goers will enjoy a variety of live entertainment, music, clog dancing, boat rides, marine life exhibits, plenty of delicious seafood, and the beautiful vista from the Cortez shoreline will provide a day you won’t soon forget. You will also be treated to a nautical Arts and Crafts Show and tours and displays on local marine life and the commercial fishing industry.
I am pleased to announce the Spring 2013 Kick Off of “Salty Topics,” a Sea Grant sponsored speaker series at Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg, Florida that connects the community with local marine research. We have a great line-up, starting February 14th with Dr. Alina Corcoran, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, presenting Marine Algae: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Registration is available at http://marinealgae.eventbrite.com/# .
Marine algae form the base of the food web in the ocean and produce nearly half of the world’s oxygen. They are extremely diverse, ranging widely in size (from micro- to macroscopic), color (not just green!) and function (from plant to animal). During this talk, Dr. Alina Corcoran will guide you through the algal world, highlighting the value of algae to ecosystems and people and presenting current work on the Florida Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).
The series is held at Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702, with refreshments donated from the Friends of Weedon Island (http://fowi.org). The public is encouraged to attend. I hope to see you there!