Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico

Congressional Staffers Experience Alabama’s Great Snapper Fishing | Outdoor Alabama

August 29, 2015

Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship has a point to make, but the audience he needs to reach is not on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Alabama’s saltwater anglers are well aware of the red snapper story, so Blankenship reached out to what is known as the Washington (D.C.) bubble, where outside information has a hard time gaining attention.

via Congressional Staffers Experience Alabama’s Great Snapper Fishing | Outdoor Alabama.

Public comments sought on $139 million in proposed oil spill restoration projects | AL.com

August 14, 2015

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released a draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) Thursday for public comment. This FPL details active restoration projects total $139.6 million, and recommends setting aside approximately $43.6 million for future projects.

via Public comments sought on $139 million in proposed oil spill restoration projects | AL.com.

Capt. Shirley Brown is latest addition to Alabama reef program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 14, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — For years the Capt. Shirley Brown was a fixture in the waters around Pensacola.

Now it’s a fixture off of Orange Beach sitting in 85 feet of water about 14 miles off the coast, courtesy of the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation.

via Capt. Shirley Brown is latest addition to Alabama reef program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Record Fish Indicate Great Saltwater Fishing

August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015 – Orange Beach, AL OBA – Judging by the number of record fish caught in the past year and a half, it appears Alabama’s saltwater fishing is doing just fine.

Ten records were established in 2014, and five more have been established in 2015 with several months left to fish.

One of the most impressive fish that made the record book was a snowy grouper caught by Tyler Kennedy of Mobile in 2014. That fish weighed 68 pounds, 9 ounces. The world record is 70 pounds, 7 ounces.

via Record Fish Indicate Great Saltwater Fishing.

Jellyfish Swarm Gulf Shores and Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15

August 08, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Jellyfish are stinging beach goers along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Friday purple flags were flying to indicate the marine pest is in season. Several beach-goers said they got stung as soon as they got into the water.

“I walked in and felt something wrap around my leg, it burned instantly,” said Missouri resident, Bryston Hooten.

via Jellyfish Swarm Gulf Shores and Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Boat captain survives flesh-eating bacteria – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

August 08, 2015

Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (WEAR) WARNING: Some of the photos in this video are GRAPHIC.

A Fort Walton Beach charter boat captain is recovering from flesh-eating bacteria contracted from a stingray.

In June, 25 year-old Matt Baxter caught a sting ray in the Santa Rosa sound. “I ended up getting stung as soon as I used my hand gaff on him,” Baxter said.

The barb didn’t go in very far, but he went to the emergency room to get it checked out. The next morning “…it was double the size of it what it is now and I couldn’t move my fingers at all. I couldn’t move my wrist. I was in extreme in pain. I knew something was wrong,” Baxter said.

via Boat captain survives flesh-eating bacteria – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Local woman warns of dangerous bacteria found in seawater – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

August 07, 2015

A Santa Rosa County woman feels lucky to be alive. She’s been infected with a dangerous bacteria. Vibrio Vulnificus is found in seawater, and in raw or undercooked seafood. As of July 31, 19 people in Florida have been infected.

Patty Born never expected to be a statistic. But Thursday she spoke from her hospital bed, with a warning for anyone else who might contract Vibrio.

via Local woman warns of dangerous bacteria found in seawater – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Local man dies from flesh eating bacteria – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

August 05, 2015

New details have been released about the fatal case of Vibro Vulnificus, a type of flesh eating bacteria in our area. The widow of the man that died told us he contracted it after going mullet fishing at Innerarity point on July 25th.

The infection moved very fast for Tony Langford, 54. His widow, Luanne, didn’t want to be on camera but she does want to warn people after what happened to her husband.

via Local man dies from flesh eating bacteria – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Foley student named a Barrier Island Explorer – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 05, 2015

DAUPHIN ISLAND — Dauphin Island Sea Lab is proving that there’s more to upper elementary and middle school summer learning than reading lists! Barrier Island Explorer is a residential camp offered at DISL for rising 5th and 6th graders that gives kids the opportunity to learn about the ocean and marine life in a real-life, hands-on way.

via Foley student named a Barrier Island Explorer – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Jellyfish, smell of dead pogies put damper on summer fun – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

An odor wafted off Cotton Bayou as hundreds of dead Gulf Menhaden bobbed in the water on Monday.

It’s a smell that Orange Beach resident Dale Carter has adjusted to. Carter has owned his house on the Cotton Bayou shoreline since the late 90’s. He said thankfully, he hasn’t had to deal with this before.

“I don’t really notice it in the morning. Midday it’s bad. One friend said it smells like cat food and that’s a very good description,” Carter said.

via Jellyfish, smell of dead pogies put damper on summer fun – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

The special session of the Alabama Legislature begins Monday, talking about tax hikes.

But FOX10 News is keeping a close eye on one special session issue of great importance to our area: What will happen to the more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP?

Governor Robert Bentley and lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin County have very different ideas on where the money should go, but is there room for compromise?

via Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Scientists Start Tagging Horseshoe Crabs for the first time in Alabama

August 01, 2015

They’re hard to spot on Gulf Coast beaches but scientists say they are here. They are the pre-historic looking animals that can sometimes be found tossing in the surf and washing up on beaches. They’re horseshoe crabs and the researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab have started tagging the animals this summer. This is the first time the crabs are being tagged in Alabama and scientists have a lot they want to learn.

via Scientists Start Tagging Horseshoe Crabs for the first time in Alabama.

Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties

July 21, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he opposes sending a portion of the state’s one billion-dollar BP settlement to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

“That’s not going to happen,” said Bentley. “That belongs to the state of Alabama.”

Bentley made the comments to reporters after speaking Monday at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Summer Conference in Point Clear. Bentley told the audience that the billion dollar state settlement would be used to pay off debt and to help balance the General Fund budget.

via Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties.

Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 18, 2015

ORANGE BEACH — Lila Harris loves the beautiful beaches and waters of coastal Alabama, specifically her hometown of Orange Beach.

She gets an up close and personal look at them as a volunteer for Share the Beach sea turtle group. She’s on the beach before sunrise looking for signs a turtle came in overnight to lay eggs.

But what she sees isn’t always beautiful. More often than not, she comes away with a drive and energy to fix the problems she sees.

via Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com

July 17, 2015

A new poll shows that an increasing majority of Gulf Coast voters support using the government’s $18.7 billion settlement with BP on coastal restoration and conservation projects, and that more Republican voters than Democrats prioritize the spending on restoration over infrastructure.

via Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com.

Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement

July 16, 2015

Gulf Coast officials worry that their communities won’t get their fair share of Alabama’s $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft told Alabama’s Press Register that members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have unanswered questions about the settlement.

via Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement.

Abandoned Beach Gear Trashing Baldwin Beaches

July 15, 2015

Baldwin County beaches are packed this summer. Tents and umbrellas cover the sand in a rainbow of colors but a lot of that beach gear is ending up in a dumpster.

“Probably about a ton of material in it right now,” says assistant director of public works Noel Hand.

The solution according to Hand, “What we need to do is ask all of our guests is to remove your items from the beach every day.”

Abandoned tents, chairs, any kind of beach stuff left on the beaches is not just a Gulf Shores problem. Folks in the state park as well as in Orange Beach are also talking about a plan to remove it or lose it.

via Abandoned Beach Gear Trashing Baldwin Beaches.

Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 09, 2015

Congressman Bradley Byrne is working to make sure the money Alabama and other Gulf states receive from offshore oiling remain with the states.

The House of Representatives has adopted an amendment offered by Byrne that would prohibit any efforts to redirect the funds away from the Gulf Coast.

via Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Beach Trash Expensive for Cities and Dangerous to Sea Turtles – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 04, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) – From Orange Beach to Gulf Shores visitors are leaving behind what amounts to a mangled mess. City officials in Orange Beach have posted pictures of metal beach chairs and metal frames from tents and canopies all left to be picked up by work crews. The same litter get in the way of nesting sea turtles.

In Gulf Shores dozens of trash bins are filled each day and on a holiday weekend the amount is doubled. On average city officials say they fill up what amounts to 5 garbage trucks a day and the problem seems to be snowballing.

via Beach Trash Expensive for Cities and Dangerous to Sea Turtles – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Diving reefs growing in Alabama as nonprofit sinks second ship | AL.com

June 27, 2015

Two ships, mythical statues and a wedding chapel are all at the bottom of the Gulf and there’s more to come thanks to a nonprofit focused on making Alabama a diving destination.

Since forming in 2012, the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation has made good on a three-year goal of creating three new reefs for recreational diving and fishing off the state’s coast. And momentum keeps building as local businesses, civic groups, city governments and a state agency pitch in.

via Diving reefs growing in Alabama as nonprofit sinks second ship | AL.com.

Snapper, Trigger July Season Opens Soon in state waters | Outdoor Alabama

June 27, 2015

Recreational anglers will soon get another opportunity to enjoy the abundant red snapper population when the Alabama state season opens on July 1 and runs through July 31.After recreational anglers were allowed to fish only 10 days in federal waters, from June 1 through June 10, Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship said Governor Robert Bentley and Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. gave approval for Marine Resources to set a red snapper and triggerfish season for Alabama out to 9 miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

via Snapper, Trigger July Season Opens Soon in state waters | Outdoor Alabama.

Meet Baldwin County Native – Beverly Jo Scott

June 22, 2015

When Beverly Jo Scott wants to unwind from her whirlwind European life and relax, refuel and have fun, her thoughts turn to home. “My family’s here, my roots – I’m born and raised here,” she said. “Nobody’s telling me ‘wow, what an accent.’ It’s primordial for me. My roots are here. My branches are in Europe but my feet are firmly planted in the Gulf Coast.”

Beverly Jo Scott

via Meet Beverly Jo Scott.

Concerns over Flesh-Eating Bacteria – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

June 18, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) State health officials in Florida are warning beachgoers about flesh-eating bacteria, which has claimed the lives of two people this year.

Vibrio Vulnificus is a flesh eating bacteria which is attracted to the warm waters of the Gulf Coast. The Centers for Disease Control says a few hundred cases are reported each year. Two cases were confirmed in Baldwin County in 2014.

via Concerns over Flesh-Eating Bacteria – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

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