Archive for the ‘Gulf of Mexico’ Category

Ancient Underwater Forest Could be Next Marine Sanctuary

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Ten miles off the coast of Baldwin County in 60 feet of water, an ancient cypress forest was uncovered by the waves of hurricane Ivan.

“It’s this incredible piece of ancient history at our fingertips. It’s like finding a dinosaur footprint or something.” Ben Raines dove the forest for the first time two years ago and still remembers it like it was yesterday.

via Ancient Underwater Forest Could be Next Marine Sanctuary.

PHOTOS: Sunday beach morning coming down – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

Monday, January 20th, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A nice, warm sun greeted beachgoers on Jan. 19 at the Gulf State Park Cotton Bayou Beach Access. The Orange Beach was crowded with walkers, folks just sitting and taking in the view, surfers and some feeding cheese puffs to seagulls.

via Sunday beach morning coming down – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Community meeting scheduled for fish hatchery proposal – WEAR ABC Channel 3 – Top Stories

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

An update on the proposed fish hatchery in downtown Pensacola.

Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Wildlife Foundation of Florida want to build the hatchery using 19-million dollars from an oil spill restoration fund.

via Community meeting scheduled for fish hatchery proposal – WEAR ABC Channel 3 – Top Stories.

Sea Turtle rescue – WEAR ABC Channel 3 – Top Stories

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

We weren’t the only ones impacted by the cold this week. Officers with FWC spent the past two days rescuing 75 endangered Sea Turtles along the Gulf Coast. They were “cold-stunned” and needed help to survive.

Read More at: http://weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/sea-turtle-rescue-40236.shtml
via Sea Turtle rescue – WEAR ABC Channel 3 – Top Stories.

MBARA super reefs a go – Local News – The Star, Port St. Joe

Friday, January 10th, 2014

MBARA will supply $55,000 for a project total of $175,000 that will allow the organization to construct and deploy 18 super reefs, constructed by Walter Marine, in Orange Beach, AL.

via MBARA super reefs a go – Local News – The Star, Port St. Joe.

Byrne: Snapper rules “don’t make sense” | Fox10tv.com

Friday, January 10th, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne says the current restrictions on red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico “don’t make sense” and that he will use his position on the House Natural Resources Committee to change them.

During an interview with FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip, Byrne criticized the limits on snapper fishing, imposed by the Gulf Fishery Management Council. Byrne said, “I’m not in favor of the current restrictions. I think they make no sense. I think they’re based on bad science and I think the way that panel works, is not working. I’m going to be an advocate of substantial reform in that system and I hope to use my position on that Committee to accomplish that”.

via Byrne: Snapper rules “don’t make sense” | Fox10tv.com.

David’s Daily Dish: New recipe featuring Gulf shrimp is a tasty homage to Auburn Tigers (with recipe) | AL.com

Monday, January 6th, 2014

This is starting to become a bit of a habit.

It seems like only last year that a football team from the state of Alabama was represented in the national championship football game. And the year before that and the year before that and the year before that.

via David’s Daily Dish: New recipe featuring Gulf shrimp is a tasty homage to Auburn Tigers (with recipe) | AL.com.

Pilot headboat program to allow limited snapper, grouper fishing – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, AL – Thanks to a pilot program including three Orange Beach-based fishing charters, visitors to Alabama’s Gulf Coast have an opportunity to catch and keep red snapper outside of the typical summer season.

via Pilot headboat program to allow limited snapper, grouper fishing – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

The Sinking of the LuLu – Alabama’s New Artificial Reef | ALL AT SEA

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Her cavernous births and sprawling cargo decks once clamored as merchant marines bustled about making wage managing the apportioned consignment. Heavy payloads pushed wake, taxing the giant diesels, who churned tirelessly across vast oceans to distant ports of call. Here, she’d deliver commerce for fee.

Today, the once mighty sailing ship, the M/V Yokamu, rests motionless in mute memoriam of her countless passages in 110-feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico just off Orange Beach, Alabama.

via The Sinking of the LuLu – Alabama’s New Artificial Reef | ALL AT SEA.

BP Spill Money Funds Fla. Snapper Project

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Ocean Conservancy says a $3 million, five-year project to expand data collection on red snapper and other reef fish stocks in the Gulf of Mexico could be a key milestone in recovery from the 2010 BP oil spill.

via BP Spill Money Funds Fla. Snapper Project.

‘Coastal Marine Life Center’ gains new name, begins organization – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Local News

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Gulf Shores, Ala – The vision of a public marine life center for Alabama’s Gulf Coast now has a new name. With the launch of its official Facebook page last week, the organization announced the designation of the future facility as the Coastal Marine Life Center.

via ‘Coastal Marine Life Center’ gains new name, begins organization – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Local News.

Red flags are early christmas gifts for surfers | Fox10tv.com

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Red flags flew across south Baldwin beaches Saturday, November 16, but that won’t stop surfers.

For surfers like Cole Duncan, seeing a red flag is like getting an early Christmas gift.
via Red flags are early christmas gifts for surfers | Fox10tv.com.

U.S. Coast Guard rescues five people 120 miles south of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama — Five people were rescued from a fishing vessel Friday after their boat started to take on water 120 miles south of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico.

The four crewmembers and an observer from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration who were onboard vessel called Longshot first noticed the water pouring in to the lazarette, an area on most vessels reserved for storage.

via U.S. Coast Guard rescues five people 120 miles south of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com.

Auburn Researcher Says Tar Balls are “Magnets for Bacteria”

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Doctor Cova Arias is a professor of aquatic microbiology at Auburn University and an expert on the often-deadly and sometimes flesh-eating bacteria vibrio vulnificus. Arias’ research at Auburn and through the school’s lab at Dauphin Island has focused on vibrio’s impact on the oyster industry which was brought to a standstill three years ago by the BP oil spill.

In 2010, when the spill washed ashore huge quantities of oil, out of curiosity, Arias set out to discover if vibrio were present in tar balls. She was highly surprised by what she found as she studied tar on the Alabama and Mississippi coasts.

via Auburn Researcher Says Tar Balls are “Magnets for Bacteria”.

Coast Guard rescues three people and one dog 50 miles offshore Dauphin Island | AL.com

Monday, November 4th, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard rescued three people and one dog from a vessel taking on water 50 miles offshore Dauphin Island in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, according to Coast Guard officials.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a radio call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the sailing vessel Second Chance, reporting that they were taking on water.

via Coast Guard rescues three people and one dog 50 miles offshore Dauphin Island | AL.com.

Invasive Lionfish Threat to Alabama Marine Species

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

November 1, 2013, Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – When my daughter asked where I’d been as I walked in the door late the other night, I responded, “Lionfish workshop.”

“That’s the fish that’s poisonous, right?” she asked.

“Nope, the lionfish is venomous, not poisonous,” I said.

Judging from the puzzled look on her face, I needed to explain that lionfish have venomous spines but the fish’s flesh is perfectly edible, in fact, delicious and not poisonous.

via Invasive Lionfish Threat to Alabama Marine Species.

Lionfish hunting workshop emphasizes vigilance, safety | Pensacola News Journal | pnj.com

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The invasive, gluttonous and threatening Indo Pacific fish was the topic of lively discussion at a two-hour long workshop from Kenning at the Escambia County Central Office Complex Monday night. REEF, a Key Largo marine conservation non-profit organization, and the Escambia County Marine Resource Division hosted the event to teach divers to remove lionfish with nets or pole spears.

via Lionfish hunting workshop emphasizes vigilance, safety | Pensacola News Journal | pnj.com.

Staybridge’s Desmond Tolen wins October Islander Spirit Award

Monday, October 21st, 2013

October 21, 2013, Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Congratulations to Desmond Tolen of Staybridge Suites in Gulf Shores, our October recipient of the Chamber’s Island Spirit Award.
Desmond was nominated for his dedication to the quality of service to guests of the hotel and for the professional manner in which he represents our community to visitors from throughout the country.

via Staybridge’s Desmond Tolen wins October Islander Spirit Award.

One-vehicle crash kills one on Fort Morgan Road – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Visitor Guide

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This morning at 5:52 Gulf Shores Police responded to a vehicle accident on Fort Morgan Road. It was a single car accident with one occupant.

via One-vehicle crash kills one on Fort Morgan Road – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Visitor Guide.

Strong end to snapper season not enough | Fox10tv.com

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – The day after the end of an added fall red snapper season, things are quiet at Orange Beach’s Zeke’s Landing.

Charter captains said one weekend after Tropical Storm Karen led to 57 canceled trips, they had a nice bounce-back, but it still wasn't enough for many.

via Strong end to snapper season not enough | Fox10tv.com.