For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line event that was held at the Flora-Bama Marina and Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill, which sit astride the Florida-Alabama line, hence Lions on the Line.
One of the nation’s largest environmental groups — bankrolled with $50 million from the heirs to the Walmart fortune — has spent millions of dollars pushing a wholesale change in how the U.S. manages its fisheries, an AL.com investigation reveals.
Critics blame the Environmental Defense Fund effort for hurting fishing communities on every coast, from Kake, Alaska, and Gloucester, Mass., to Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
The group has pushed a system that turns the right to catch a pound of fish into a private commodity that can be bought and sold like a share of stock on Wall Street. The government then gives these shares to individual commercial fishermen, granting them the right to catch that fish, or lease or sell the right to catch it to another fisherman.
‘Deepwater Horizon’ opens nationwide Friday. It tells the story of workers aboard the ill-fated oil rig off the Louisiana coast, the site of a devastation explosion in 2010.
When an old barge, and a couple of old alabama power boilers reached the end of their days, they could have landed in the scrap heap, but that would have been a shame.
Because Local 15′s Darwin Singleton is about to show you how today’s trash is tomorrow’s treasure at the end of a fishing line!
From lionfish-zapping robots to high-tech traps, scientists are racing to find ways to control the voracious and invasive fish that threaten fragile marine ecosystems from the northern Gulf of Mexico to South America and beyond.
The Hurricane Hunters on Wednesday morning were investigating a tropical disturbance nearing the Caribbean that could become Tropical Storm Matthew soon.
So far the Hunters found that the disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, had winds of 40-45 mph, which are tropical storm force, according to the National Hurricane Center. They are also looking to see if it has a closed circulation.
Masses of orange and black Monarch butterflies flit in the fall to beaches near Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and Destin. Called the kings of butterflies, they start swarming through the Gulf Coast from the end of September to the first of October.
A tropical disturbance in the central Atlantic could become 2016′s next named storm today or tonight, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning.
The disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, was located about 475 miles east-southeast of Barbados Tuesday morning and was moving westward at 15-20 mph.
Delicate slices of pale white fish arranged on a plate lay before me, the fish’s edges seasoned and gently seared. The flesh, cooked rare, looks firm and meaty. Two strips of sauce are drawn down the sides of the plate—one a pale green wasabi and teriyaki mix, the other a fiery Sriracha mayo.
The National Hurricane Center was watching what could turn out to be the next storm, and this one is headed for the Caribbean.
Invest 97L was still a tropical wave on Monday morning, located about 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands in the central Atlantic.
ORANGE BEACH (WPMI) — The battle is on against an invasive species of fish that could ravage our seafood industry.
Experts say Lion Fish are multiplying at remarkable speeds and with no natural predator, they’re eating their fair share.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alabama researchers are shelling out $30 for every Asian Tiger Shrimp you reel in. There’s no catch, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab says they just want to study the large invasive shrimp.
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.”
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.
WEAR — The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park released four rehabilitated sea turtles this week. Celery, Sprout, Mariner, and Sally.
Check out the video of Sprout heading back to the Gulf with Gulfarium Senior Aquarist Graham Northup.
Labor Day 2016 on the Alabama gulf coast was a washout for many beach-goers from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores. While dark skies loomed to the west, folks in Orange Beach were spared any rain for most of the day.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The Local 15 News weather team is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Hermine. As of 10 a.m. September 1, most forecast models take the storm toward Apalachicola with a landfall around Port St. Joe/Apalachicola early Friday morning.
“Wow, these waves are awesome,” says Kimberly Trantham who had no idea a tropical system was in the gulf. She is on vacation in Gulf Shores and is enjoying the show Hurricane Hermine is offering those along the Alabama coast.
Hermine weakened to a tropical storm Friday morning, just hours after making landfall on Florida’s Big Bend as a hurricane with high winds, heavy rain and nearly 10 feet of storm surge.
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.
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.
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.”
Rip current warnings are in place from west of Dauphin Island to east of Destin and Miramar Beach, according to the National Weather Service.
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.
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.
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.