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Alabama Slammin’: How to Fish the Gulf on a Budget | Outdoor Life

September 22, 2016

Orange Beach Fishing

Midmorning under a cloudless sky, and Denise, who politely declined to give her last name, was 1,000 feet out and 20 feet above the Gulf of Mexico cleaning a saltwater catfish. Her boyfriend, Monte, thin as a Popsicle stick, was reeling up a bare hook.

via Alabama Slammin’: How to Fish the Gulf on a Budget | Outdoor Life.

Alabama Marine Resources Division, Alabama Power team up on artificial Reef – Alabama NewsCenter

September 20, 2016

Alabama Power and the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are working together to provide a new place to fish off the Alabama coast.

The partners have been working together on a new artificial reef that will be located approximately 25 miles south of Dauphin Island. The large reef is made up of two boilers recently removed from the James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant as well as a 195 foot barge. The 200,000-pound boilers were previously used at the plant’s Washington County and Theodore sites. The old boilers were recently upgraded with new equipment as a part of regularly scheduled maintenance at the plant.  The barge is being provided by Cooper/T. Smith.

via Alabama Marine Resources Division, Alabama Power team up on artificial Reef – Alabama NewsCenter.

In the realm of the dwarf seahorse: tiny, fantastical, and under siege | AL.com

September 18, 2016

We set out to catch a modern day unicorn, the dwarf seahorse, as dainty and secretive a creature as you can find anywhere on land or under the sea.

Measuring an inch long when full grown, they are the smallest of the four seahorse species native to the Gulf of Mexico, and one of the smallest vertebrates on the planet. They are also thought to be slowly disappearing.

via In the realm of the dwarf seahorse: tiny, fantastical, and under siege | AL.com.

National Estuaries Week provides hope for a healthy Mobile Bay | AL.com

September 17, 2016

Estuaries are the lifeblood of the Gulf of Mexico. Places like Mobile Bay, where water from five major rivers mix with the saltier water of the Gulf, are critical nursery grounds for most of the fish and shellfish that Alabamians like to catch and eat—everything from blue crabs to redfish.

via National Estuaries Week provides hope for a healthy Mobile Bay | AL.com.

Reward offered for catching rare shrimp | WEAR

September 14, 2016

Get out your nets and get ready to make some money – that is if you are lucky. Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is offering a $30 reward for a rare shrimp in our waterways.

“They are kind of like lobsters,” Dr. Jennifer Hill, an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University said via Skype. “They get up to a half pound a piece per shrimp.”

via Reward offered for catching rare shrimp | WEAR.

Anniversary of Hurricane Frederic – FOX10 News | WALA

September 13, 2016

On September 12th, 1979 Hurricane Frederic made landfall on Dauphin Island as a strong Category three storm with sustained winds nearing 130 miles per hour. For days forecasters watched Fredric grow into a monster as it plowed across the Gulf developing an eye 50 miles wide. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier was 18 years-old at the time, and Frederic is seared in his memory.

via Anniversary of Hurricane Frederic – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Red flags at Gulf Shores beach but vacation rentals see increase in bookings | WPMI

September 01, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. WPMI — With tropical storm Hermine now in the Gulf waves are making a big splash at Gulf Shores beach.Some plan to brave the waves while others play it safe and soak up sun.

via Red flags at Gulf Shores beach but vacation rentals see increase in bookings | WPMI.

Hermine pushes Labor Day campers west | WEAR

September 01, 2016

For Mike Bailey, camping is only done right when the site is decked out in Alabama swag.

“We haven’t really finished the set up yet, we’re doing two to three things a day,” Bailey said.

He needs the décor, the Roll Tide chairs and the red and white lights all set up before taking part in the traditional camping festivities.

via Hermine pushes Labor Day campers west | WEAR.

Hermine Churning Up Surf Along Baldwin County Beaches

September 01, 2016

This may not have been the best day for your first trip to the beach this summer.

With the danger of a direct hit by “Hermine” out of the equation, “Before it comes we try to go to the beach,” Rennie Flores and his family headed to Orange Beach.

“Every time I go to the beach it’s always calm, it’s always low tide,” says 11-year-old Kim Flores. “I’ve never seen it like this.”

via Hermine Churning Up Surf Along Baldwin County Beaches.

Tropical Depression 9: Rip currents warnings close water along Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast | AL.com

September 01, 2016

Rip current warnings are in place from west of Dauphin Island to east of Destin and Miramar Beach, according to the National Weather Service.

via Tropical Depression 9: Rip currents warnings close water along Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast | AL.com.

Tropical Storm Hermine forecast for north Florida landfall as hurricane | AL.com

September 01, 2016

Tropical Storm Hermine picked up speed and maintained its strength on a course for northern Florida on Thursday morning, and forecasters said it could be a hurricane when it comes onshore.

As of 4 a.m. CDT, Tropical Storm Hermine was located about 250 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., according to the National Hurricane Center.

via Tropical Storm Hermine forecast for north Florida landfall as hurricane | AL.com.

Baldwin Co. business owner challenges ‘Leave Only Footprints’ initiative | WPMI

August 31, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A business owner in Baldwin County is challenging the ‘Leave Only Footprints’ initiative in Gulf Shores. This is where beach goers are required to remove all tents, umbrellas and beach chairs by sundown every day.

via Baldwin Co. business owner challenges ‘Leave Only Footprints’ initiative | WPMI.

Young has beach service in Gulf Shores | The Islander

August 31, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – One of two men asking for Gulf Shores to “cease and desist” enforcing new beach regulations offers tent services and other beach rentals to vacationers in the city.

Former Attorney General Troy King’s law firm has sent a letter to the Gulf Shores mayor and city council asking it to halt the “Leave Only Footprints” program in that city.

via Young has beach service in Gulf Shores | The Islander.

‘Leave Only Footprints’ vs. ‘Don’t Tread On Me:’ Dean Young challenges Gulf Shores policy | AL.com

August 31, 2016

Dean Young, known for his Republican political campaigns and conservative stances, has joined forces with former Alabama Attorney General Troy King to challenge what he calls an assault on property owners’ rights in Gulf Shores.

via ‘Leave Only Footprints’ vs. ‘Don’t Tread On Me:’ Dean Young challenges Gulf Shores policy | AL.com.

Tropical Depression 9 tracks toward Florida; hurricane watches, tropical storm warnings in effect | AL.com

August 31, 2016

Tropical Depression 9 on Wednesday turned north toward Florida, which was peppered with watches and warnings in anticipation of a Thursday landfall.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning Wednesday for part of the Gulf Coast, and a hurricane watch was also already in effect.

via Tropical Depression 9 tracks toward Florida; hurricane watches, tropical storm warnings in effect | AL.com.

Letter challenges Leave Only Footprints law | The Islander

August 30, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Former Attorney General Troy King’s law firm has sent a letter to the Gulf Shores mayor and city council asking it to halt the “Leave Only Footprints” program in that city.

King’s firm, representing Dean Young and Johnathan Young, says the law violates private property rights of beachfront owners. The new law states no items can be left on the beach overnight and any items left are picked up by city crews and discarded.

via Letter challenges Leave Only Footprints law | The Islander.

Alabama seeking 3 ships to sink in the Gulf | The Islander

August 28, 2016

GULF SHORES – It was a LuLu of a good time on May 26, 2013 when hundreds of boats gathered to watch Walter Marine send a retired 271-foot freighter to the bottom of the Gulf some 18 miles off of Orange Beach.

Thanks to BP money in the form of a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the state of Alabama wants to do that three more times, says Director of the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Chris Blankenship.

via Alabama seeking 3 ships to sink in the Gulf | The Islander.

Tropical wave moves closer to U.S.; could it become Hermine? | AL.com

August 25, 2016

Gaston became a hurricane overnight in the central Atlantic while another potential storm was moving closer to the U.S. on Thursday.

That tropical wave, called Invest 99L, continued to be closely watched on Thursday morning because of its potential path. The system could affect Florida and possibly the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

via Tropical wave moves closer to U.S.; could it become Hermine? | AL.com.

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