Friday, September 30, 2022

Florida DEP permit activity in Gulf County

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Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: BARRY SF DOCK
Location Id: 426936
Location Name: 6002 ANCHOR LN
County: Gulf
Application Number: 426936-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300

October ushers in gratitude and some seasonal fun to the coast

Franklin County Residents (and visitors!) Can Step Up to Help Hurricane Ian Victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian that devastated parts of coastal South Florida earlier this week, Franklin County residents and business owners are stepping up to help their southern neighbors. And if you plan to visit this month, you can help too! Franklin County, Sheriff A.J. Smith is spearheading efforts to collect and deliver items for the hurricane relief effort. Following a June 2018 wildfire that destroyed 36 homes in Eastpoint, Smith began a charity fund to raise money for those made homeless by the blaze. Since then, the fund has grown in size and scope, and has responded to natural disasters  as far west as Texas. "We missed Michael, we missed this one. I think we've been really blessed and as a result of this we have to show our goodwill to our neighbors to the south," Smith said. "I hope Franklin County  will come together as we always have in the past." Collection points are popping up across the county and include Jackson's Ace Hardware in Carrabelle,  Taylors Building Supply in Eastpoint and Riverfront Park and Ace Hardware in Apalachicola. According to Smith, the Franklin County Sheriff office plans to send three deputies, along with others from Liberty, Leon and Wakulla counties, to the affected areas once the initial wave of clean-up and search-and-rescue is complete. Local Restaurateur Danny Itzkovitz is collecting donations for food and plans to make the trip south to feed hurricane victims with his food truck Tamara's on the Go. In 2018 following Hurricane Michael, Itzkovitz was instrumental in feeding hundreds of Franklin County residents, first responders and linemen.  If you’re looking for ways to help Floridians, the Florida Disaster Fund deploys resources efficiently and effectively to Floridians directly impacted by Hurricane Ian. If you would like to contribute, please visit or text DISASTER to 20222. 
Apalachicola Ghostwalk Saturday, October 29
Looking for pumpkin to do this month? Enjoy the Apalachicola Area Historical Society’s annual Fall Ghost Tour of the Historic Chestnut Street Cemetery in Apalachicola on Saturday, October 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Hauntings will abound when local history enthusiasts don the garb and take on the persona of the cemetery’s notable inhabitants to tell their tale of life and death in Apalachicola for more than 180 years ago.  The Chestnut Street Cemetery is located on U.S. Highway 98 in Apalachicola. Click here for details.   

SGI Pink Out October 7

This local breast cancer awareness event has grown to be a popular annual fall event on St. George Island. The annual Pink Out! festivities begin at 6 pm at Paddy’s Raw Bar and will feature a silent auction, live music, food and fun! 100% of all proceeds from the PINK OUT! go to Franklin Needs Inc., which helps provide free mammograms, testing up to diagnosis, and aid in treatment transportation for Franklin County residents. Learn more here.
Tate's Hell 5k at St. James Bay Golf Resort October 1
Join us for Tate’s Hell 5k 2022 at St. James Bay Golf Resort in Carrabelle on Saturday, October 1. The race will begin at 8am and wind through the neighborhood and golf course. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you race to raise funds supporting Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle. Each participant will receive a shirt and other unique goodies. Stay for live music as St. James Bay presents Bay Fest 2022 for the entire family! Food specials are available all day, and everyone will find something to enjoy including a pickleball tournament and bike rodeo.

The St. James Bay Golf Resort will be hosting a series of benefit golf tournaments during October. A Play for the Bay four person scramble on October 7 will benefit the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory. On October 14, there will be a tournament benefitting the St. George Island Civic Club and additional benefit tournaments are planned for October 22 and 27.
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum Opens October Exhibit
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle will present a special exhibit on the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theatre from Tuesday, October 4 until Saturday, October 29.  The museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. There is no charge for admission, but donations are gladly accepted. Come learn more about this fascinating history at this special exhibit October 4-29 at Camp Gordon Johnston Museum.
 Learn more here.

SGI Art & Wine Fest October 8

Join your friends on St. George Island Saturday, October 8, for the annual St. George Art and Wine Splash. The event is sponsored by The St. George Island Business Association. The festival will feature talented artists and craftsmen offering original and unique items. Artists will be showing, selling, and demonstrating their talents at various Island locations. Setting this event apart from other arts and crafts shows is the special Wine Walk which will take place from Noon-5 p.m. Details here.
Apalach Porch Fest October 22
Apalachicola's Porch Fest, a grassroots music event, will be held October 22 on porches and yards throughout Apalachicola. The event begins and ends this year at Lafayette Park along the Bayfront in Apalachicola. The day of music features nine local performers, each on different porches, at staggered times, throughout Apalachicola neighborhoods. Learn more here.
Coming In November

59th Annual Florida Seafood Festival November 4, 5
Florida’s oldest maritime festival kicks off its 59th year on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5 in historic Apalachicola. Held at Battery Park overlooking the mouth of the Apalachicola River, this event annually draws thousands and features fresh Apalachicola Bay seafood, arts and crafts exhibits and the famous Oyster Eating and Shucking contest. This year’s festival music headliner will be Chris Cagle. 

Crooked River Lantern Fest November 19

The annual Crooked River Lighthouse Lantern Fest will be held Saturday, November 19 from 6-10 pm on the park grounds at Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle Beach, FL. This unique, outdoor festival, best known for its awesome display of over a hundred colorful, hanging lanterns, lights up the night with magic and history at the 1895 maritime landmark. There will be music, dance performances from the Tallahassee Community College Dance Company, special evening tower climbs, ancient craft demonstrations, enchanting glowing lantern display, museum displays, gift shop, and delicious food and desserts. Don’t miss this evening of music, dance, night tower climbs, glowing lanterns and yummy food. 
Upcoming Events
October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 - Apalach Ghost Tour
October 1, 29 - Carrabelle Country Market
October 1-29 - Roger Leonard Art Exhibition at Rio Carrabelle
October 1 - Tate's Hell 5K
October 7 - SGI Pink Out
October 8 - SGI Art & Wine Fest
October 8, 22 - Apalachicola Farmers' Market
October 9 - St. George Island Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
October 9 - Crooked River Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
Octobeer 12 - Shipwrecks of Dog Island Exhibit
October 15 - Carrabelle Country Market & Vintage Flea Market
October 22 - Porch Fest Apalach
October 28 - SGI Lighthouse Trick or Treat Spooktacular
October 29 - Apalachicola Ghostwalk Cemetery Tour
November 4-5 - Florida Seafood Festival
November 19 - Crooked River Lighthouse Lantern Fest
SGI Lighthouse Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular October 28
The St. George Lighthouse Association will host its annual SGI Lighthouse Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular on Friday, October 28th from 7:00-9:00pm in SGI Lighthouse Park. This free, family-friendly event will feature multiple candy stations along the sidewalk and spooky decorations lighting up the park. Guests, young or old, are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and join us for the fun. Learn more here.

Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs October 9
Both historic lighthouses in the county will host full moon climbs on Sunday, October 9.
The October Sunset and Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Sunday, October 9 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive. Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.
The Crooked River Lighthouse will host a Full Moon Lighthouse Climb on Sunday, October 9, from 8-10 pm. The Crooked River Lighthouse is located in Carrabelle, just west of the Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1975 Hwy 98 W. 
Shipwrecks of Dog Island Exhibit October 12 - December 10
The Carrabelle History Museum will feature an exhibit on “Shipwrecks of Dog Island” opening October 12 and running through December 10.
This exhibit will explore Dog Island’s rich maritime history, and especially focus on those shipwrecks that resulted from the Category 5 direct hit in 1899.  In 2018, Hurricane Michael uncovered parts of two ships that were wrecked during the 1899 event. Learn why these ships were visiting Carrabelle and which of our exports they took back to Europe. There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted. The museum and exhibit are open Wednesdays 12-5 pm, Thursdays thru Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 12 – 5 pm. Learn more here. 

October Farmers' Markets and Artisans Markets
The Apalachicola Farmers' Market will host its market days on  October 8 and October 22 from 9am to 1pm at the Mill Pond at Scipio Creek.  Can't wait till the weekend? The Apalachicola Growers Market is back this month featuring fresh vegetables, gourmet goodies and more most Wednesdays from 9am to noon at 56 Commerce Street in Apalachicola. 

The Crooked River Lighthouse is hosting a Country Farmer's Market Saturday, October 1 and October 29 from 9 am-1 pm at the foot of the lighthouse at 1975 Hwy 98 W, Carrabelle Beach. 

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Franklin County is reminding swimmers and surfers of the ordinance that allows law enforcement to enforce penalties on people who go into the water when double red flags are flying

Franklin County is reminding swimmers and surfers of the ordinance that allows law enforcement to enforce penalties on people who go into the water when double red flags are flying.

Double Red Flags mean that people should stay out of the water because of high seas or strong currents.

The ordinance was approved after the death of first responder Brian Smith who drowned in 2020 while rescuing a father and son who were in very rough water while double red flags were flying.

The ordinance allows officials to issue a verbal warning for a swimmer to get out of the water under a double red flag.

If the swimmer ignores the warning, they could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

There will be a ribbon cutting next week for the newly reopened Pier at Lafayette Park in Apalachicola

There will be a ribbon cutting next week for the newly reopened Pier at Lafayette Park in Apalachicola.   


The pier was damaged during Hurricane Michael in 2018, and was recently repaired with about 30 thousand dollars in funding from the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.


The money will helped fund the repairs of the pavilion at the end of the pier which is commonly used by people who are fishing or just want to enjoy the view.


The county and the TDC also funded the replacement of the City's interpretative signs which were also damaged during the 2018 Hurricane Michael.


If you would like to attend the Ribbon Cutting for Layfette Pier, it will be held on Monday, October 3rd at 4:30pm

NOAA Fisheries FishNews — September 29

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

NOAA Celebrates Aquaculture Week 2022


Aquaculture Week 2022

Seafood farming, if done responsibly as it is in the United States, is increasingly recognized as one of the most environmentally sustainable ways to produce food and protein. Learn more about the importance of aquaculture to our nation’s economy.

Aquaculture Growers: Farming Seafood from Tide to Table


Marine aquaculture is an important and growing U.S. industry with the potential to provide a significant sustainable supply of healthy seafood for domestic and global markets. Get to know aquaculture growers from all over the United States, and try a new recipe from each farm.

Hawaiian Fishpond Kicks Off State’s First Sea Cucumber Aquaculture


NOAA-supported project finds an environmentally restorative export product in Hawaiian sea cucumbers.


Call for Marine Mammal Scientific Review Group Nominations

NOAA Fisheries is soliciting nominations to three independent marine mammal scientific review groups covering Alaska, the Atlantic and the Pacific. We would like your assistance to identify qualified candidates who would provide advice on a range of marine mammal science and management issues. Nominations are due by October 24.

More than $3.7 Million Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue Efforts Through Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants


NOAA awards more than $3.7 million in grants to marine mammal health and emergency response partners in 20 states and one tribe for fiscal year 2022.

NOAA Enforcement Busts Unlicensed Seafood Dealer


Undercover agents worked with enforcement partners in Alabama and Georgia to uncover an illegal seafood operation.


NOAA Fisheries Releases FY22 Alaska Aquaculture Accomplishments Report

750x500 AKR Monitoring Oysters

Alaska Regional Office and Alaska Fisheries Science Center continue coordinated efforts to prioritize projects and actions to support the growing Alaska aquaculture industry.

Take the Lead, Do Not Feed

Fisherman feeding a Steller sea lion.

Steller sea lions were once abundant throughout the North Pacific. For their well-being and yours, please do not feed Steller sea lions. Changing our behavior can keep people and Steller sea lions safe.

Trainings Prepare Teams to Respond to Entangled Large Whales in Alaska


These trainings highlight the importance of safety around whales for communities and experienced teams responding to entanglements.

West Coast

2022 CalCOFI Summer Survey

The 2022 summer California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations cruise sailed aboard the research vessel Bold Horizon from August 14 to 30 to survey the distributions and abundances of pelagic fish stocks, their prey, and their biotic and abiotic environments in the California Current.

Science Blog: Why We Look at Sound, and How You Can Help Us Look at Sound Too!


Sound is fundamentally important for exploring our environment. Sound is crucial if you are a whale or dolphin and live in the ocean, which often has poor visibility. In this post, read about how and why NOAA Fisheries bio-acousticians transform sound into visual representations called spectrograms or wave forms. This is the latest post in the ongoing science blog series Sound Bytes.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

A Community Comes Together for a Gray Seal


A gray seal that showed up in a Beverly, Massachusetts, pond quickly won over the town’s hearts during his week-long stay before officials relocated him.

Habitat Restoration Project Supports Fisheries, Improves Recreation Along Cuyahoga River


A NOAA-supported project in Akron, Ohio, restored nearly 60 acres of habitat for fish as part of an effort to transform the site of a former golf course.

Upcoming Deadlines

September 30: Deadline extended—online comments due for the Draft Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy

September 30: Nominations due for the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 

October 5: Proposals due for Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities

October 24: Deadline for Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups new member nominations

October 31: Deadline extended—comments due for Rule to Amend the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Speed Regulations

November 18: Proposals due for the 2023–2024 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program

November 22: Grant applications due for USDA's Regional Food Business Centers Program

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Upcoming Events

October 3–11: North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting

October 4–6: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting

October 18–20: 2022 October Council Coordination Committee meeting

October 24–27: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting

October 27: Public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

November 13: 50th United States-Japan Natural Resources Scientific Symposium

View more events

Federal Register Actions

Visit NOAA Fisheries' Rules & Regulations web page to learn more about recently proposed and finalized regulations in your region. 

Questions? Visit our website for national and regional contact information