Monthly Archives: May 2008

EarthRehab’s William and a pollution pipe for analysis

 

Pollution pipe sample

EarthRehab shared valuable information regarding the pirate pollution pipes off the shore in Palm Beach County with the DEP. They wanted more, so William went back to the reef and removed a segment of pipe for analysis.

 

 

The photo is Enlargeable.

Join us at this popular dive spot (Coral Cove Park) in June 2008.

 

Celebrate World Ocean Day June 8th

 

Discover the many fascinations of the Coral Reef Eco-system, just off shore with EarthRehab.

 

Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th we will discover the many fascinations of an on-shore reef located just off the Jupiter Island Beaches.

 

The On-shore reef system is a very delicate, fragile environment with many species of Algae, Live Rock, Invertebrates, Fishes, Cephalopods, and Crustaceans.

 

Occasional visits from Large Schools of Fish, Manatee’s, Sea Turtles, Barracuda, Sharks, and Cuttlefish is not rare.

 

Underwater Digital Photo’s will be taken to share with the online community of Ocean Activists.

Join us from 11am till 2pm @ Coral Cove Park, we have some snorkel gear available to borrow complimentary.

 

Don’t miss this event. Contact William at w1@earthrehab.com for more details.


Pirate Pipes Pollute Palm Beach

A Pirate polluterA pirate pollution pipePollution Pipe

Try saying that 5x fast.

 

May 10th and May 11th 2008 had unbelievable visibility in the waters off Jupiter Island. The Jupiter Island is home to many millionaires and celebrities and The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks.

Coral Cove Park is a local spot for great snorkeling and underwater digital photography.

I found 4 Pirate Pollution Pipes in 8 foot of water just off shore.

Someone once mentioned pirate polluting to me in the past, I had thought they we speaking of dumping toxins directly into storm drains, this appears to be a different species altogether.

Where do these pipes lead? Who is responsible for removal of the pipes? Can the pipes be closed off permanently?


The politics of the Endangered Species Act, Sea Turtles

A beach renourishment project in JupiterDept of ERM May 4, 2008 JupiterA sign in Jupiter explaining Turtle Nesting guidelines

Sea Turtle Nest Florida 2008

May 1st officially started marine turtle nesting season.

The Endangered Species Act protects Marine Turtles.

No loud noise or bright lights after dark.

No pollution. And do not disturb the nests ever.

We should realize that many beaches and dunes are much smaller this year due to coastal beach erosion; coincidentally sea turtles may nest outside of a monitored area. If you spot a sea turtle nest you should report it to a facility like the Loggerhead Marine Life Center.

 

Learn more about the Loggerhead MLC and other Marine Turtle Foundations on the EarthRehab Foundations portal. There you can choose Loggerhead MLC as the benefactor of your Green License Plate purchase.

 

I am not quite sure why but there is a beach re-nourishment project clearly happening now at the Jupiter Inlet.

 

I wanted to research this project to see how the EPA/CWA/DEP/FFW.ESA weighs in.

 

I found the permit on line, thanks DEP.

Florida DEP 2008 permit

 

The Jupiter Carlin Shore Protection Project Permit for 2008.

Section 10

In order to ensure that marine turtles are not adversely affected.

Bullet point (A)

No operation or storage of equipment or materials is authorized seaward of dune crest or rigid coastal structure during the marine turtle nesting season. The marine turtle-nesting season is May 1 through October 31. Leatherback nesting season is March 1 through October 31.

 

 


Florida Water Pollution reporting 2008

Just this past week I was sent 2 E-mails, 1 from the DEP and 1 from Florida Fish and Wildlife.
They would like for Divers and Snorklers to Report Pollution and HAB’s.
If while diving you encounter a Pollution Spill of any magnitude you should photograph the spill and send to DEP.
If while snorkeling or diving you should encounter a Red Tide, HAB Algae Bloom the Florida Fish and Wildlife would appreciate photo’s and water samples.
original emails below DEP First then FFW:
 
Greetings to Everyone,
 
On behalf of The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP-CRCP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Palm Beach County Reef Rescue (PBCRR) we would like to announce the establishment of Southeast’s Florida Marine Debris Program.
 
The program is encourages local divers and southeast Florida dive shops to report marine debris they observe while scuba diving or snorkeling.  An online data entry form and a hotline has been created to allow you to report the location, type, and quantity of marine debris observed as well as the type and quantity of marine debris removed, if any during the dive or snorkel. 
 
The collection of this information will be used to organize reef clean-up events in the future.
 
For more information and to make a marine debris report visit www.cleanSEFLreefs.com
 
Please feel free to distribute widely and I apologize for any cross-postings.
 
Thank you,
 
Rob Ruzicka
Fishing and Diving Project Coordinator
Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s
Coral Reef Conservation Program
1277 NE 79th St Causeway
Miami, FL 33138
Phone: (305) 795-1221
Fax: (305) 795-3470
http://www.southeastfloridareefs.net/
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/COASTAL/programs/coral/
 
FFW
Good Morning,

Your email and photo’s were received by the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute. If there was a pollution issue, that would be within
the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) jurisdiction. If there
was a bloom of some kind, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) may
have looked at samples, but we didn’t hear about any HAB problems.

Discolored water does not necessarily equal Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB).
Your photos were shared with our HAB expert who stated that if a water
sample could be provided, we can examine it for the presence of any HAB
species.

Thank you for your concern.

Robin Allen
Outreach Coordination
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
100 Eighth Avenue, SE
St. Petersburg, FL  33702-5020

Phone: 727-896-8626 ext. 2059
Fax: 727-893-9183
Robin.Allen@MyFWC.com
http://research.MyFWC.com