lionfish

Family, giving back at heart of SERTOMA fishing rodeo

Family, giving back at heart of SERTOMA fishing rodeo

Fishing is certainly a focal point of the SERTOMA Family Fishing Rodeo, but it’s not the only one. It’s also about giving back to the community and about family as well. Both are at the heart of the event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at South Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze.   Read the […]

FWC grants provide big boost to lionfish research

FWC grants provide big boost to lionfish research

Lionfish continue to pose a threat to native wildlife and habitats in Florida. To help battle the problem, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has awarded $50,000 to five organizations to aid in research and development of innovative methods to remove lionfish from deep-water habitats. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Exotic pets get second chance with amnesty program

Exotic pets get second chance with amnesty program

They may seem cute, exciting and manageable when they are young, but exotic pets such as reptiles and birds can mean a big commitment. They can grow to unexpected sizes, live for long periods and require more room and specialized care over time. For that reason some of these species have been released into the […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

At thirteen years old she’s the dive master

At thirteen years old she’s the dive master

At 8 years old, Taryn Felde had taken her first diving lesson. She had her first scuba certification by 10, and by age 11, she had performed her first dive rescue. A year later she was officially recognized as a certified master scuba diver, the highest certification she can achieve at her age. All told […]

Lionfish provide different kind of thrill of the hunt

Lionfish provide different kind of thrill of the hunt

Brady Hale makes the trip from Dallas to Pensacola once a month to hunt lionfish, and the fact that he’s willing to travel more than 600 miles to hunt the invasive fish that has wreaked havoc in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t a surprise at all. “Pensacola is the lionfish capital of the world,” Hale […]

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

It won’t be long before anglers along the Emerald Coast can compete in the Navarre Fishing Rodeo. The event, in its fourth year, is set to take place Oct. 1-2 and is part of the 13th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. The tournament highlights the abundance of fish that can be found in area waters […]

Lessons on lionfish

Lessons on lionfish

Opportunities to learn about lionfish are expanding. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station did a mini camp over spring break and has a summer camp planned June 15-16. Amy Cozart, a science teacher at Woodlawn Beach Middle School, is heading up the camp and expects students to be excited about the opportunity to learn even […]

World record lionfish haul

World record lionfish haul

The 8,089 lionfish caught at the weekend event in Pensacola was a world record.  “It was four times more than we have ever had,” said Alex Fogg with Florida Fish and Wildlife.  “These tournaments are very significant to the reefs.  You can control them on a localized level like this if you do it often.”  […]

Scientific efforts key to controlling lionfish problem

Scientific efforts key to controlling lionfish problem

Lionfish are here to stay. That is the message NOAA Research Fisheries Biologist Tom Jackson delivers when discussing the invasive species that has been present in the Gulf of Mexico since 2010. “The cat is already out of the bag,” Jackson said. “You can’t ever get rid of them. Anyone who tells me otherwise, I […]

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Katy Knapp had never dissected anything in science class until last week. The experience was an enjoyable one as she and her eighth-grade classmates at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze acted as citizen scientists, dissecting lionfish and putting together DNA samples of what they found inside the stomachs of the invasive fish. Read […]

Artificial reefs provide teachable moments

Artificial reefs provide teachable moments

If you have ever wondered what kind of fish we have at our artificial reefs off of Navarre Beach, then you need to either dive the reefs or attend a class at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Classes are held once a quarter and one was held Saturday. Our reefs are designated as a […]