Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico

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.

Big bull shark could obliterate Alabama state record by 112 pounds | AL.com

June 18, 2015

Jeff Moore of Birmingham dropped a dead menhaden bait into more than 100 feet of water over a reef in hopes of attracting a big bite.

That bite came, but instead of a short fight with a red snapper, Moore became engaged in a 100-minute long, strenuous tug-of-war with a pending Alabama state record, 448-pound, 4-ounce bull shark.

 

via Big bull shark could obliterate Alabama state record by 112 pounds | AL.com.

Bacteria found in ocean is dangerous, but rare

June 16, 2015

The State Department of Health advises beach goers to take precautions, but says infections are rare. There have been two deaths and a total of eight infections in Florida so far this year. One infected person is from Santa Rosa County. The State Department of Health declined to reveal the age or name of the Santa Rosa County victim because of patient confidentiality.

via Bacteria found in ocean is dangerous, but rare.

Rough seas costing Alabama charter fleet – FOX10 News | WALA

June 16, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -

Rough seas haven’t just affected beach-goers over the last few days. The charter fishing fleet in Orange Beach has taken a big hit. The majority of boats have had to stay in port and that has cost the industry hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Monday, June 15, 2015 makes the fourth straight day heavy seas have been the talk of the Orange Beach charter fleet. Only a small percentage of boats have ventured offshore to brave the rough conditions. Zeke’s Marina is home to 32 licensed offshore charter boats and canceled trips this time of year are tough to make up. The last few days have cost most off the captains here several thousand dollars.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Rough seas costing Alabama charter fleet – FOX10 News | WALA.

Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA

June 16, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) – A tropical disturbance heading toward the coast of Texas is having an impact on beaches in Alabama, causing a high risk of rip currents.

Between 15 and 20 rescues were made over the weekend according to beach safety officials. One beachgoer who frequents Orange Beach said he was concerned about the number of kids venturing out into the water on Monday.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA.

Beach Rescues, Rough Surf All Week | WKRG

June 16, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL  A young boy, caught in a rip current off Gulf Shores public beach, is brought back to shore. Three more swimmers dangerously close to a rip current don’t panic and swim away safely.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected most, if not all of this week.

“We are getting that energy from that system,” says lifeguard Scott Smothers. “We will at least Thursday maybe into Friday.”

via Beach Rescues, Rough Surf All Week | WKRG.

Hollywood Comes To Orange Beach | WKRG

June 16, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL.- On Friday, production crews will begin filming an important scene from the movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.

The movie, starring Nicholas Cage, is based on the Navy’s worst, at-sea disaster.

Two miles south of Perdido Pass, crews will re-creat parts of the 1945 sinking of the ship by Japanese torpedoes and the terrifying shark attacks surviving sailors fought against before they were rescued.

via Hollywood Comes To Orange Beach | WKRG.

High seas postpone Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo and bring out red fl – FOX10 News | WALA

June 13, 2015

Strong southerly winds will put a damper on a lot of folks’ plans for the weekend. That’s especially true for those who are planning to fish or head to the beach. Seas will begin to build Thursday night, June 11, 2015 and reach six to eight feet over the weekend. The Flora-Bama has postponed its fishing rodeo because of it.

Following last year’s huge success, the Flora-Bama is eager to put on their second annual fishing rodeo. Mother Nature is forcing them to change their plans, though. Because of building seas over the next few days, the tournament, originally set for this weekend has been pushed back two weeks for safety reasons.

FOX10 News | WALA

via High seas postpone Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo and bring out red fl – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Shores takes extra precaution ahead of high surf, rip curre – FOX10 News | WALA

June 13, 2015

Hundreds flocked to the beaches on Friday. Some were looking to enhance their tan, others hoped to take that perfect aquatic selfie as a beach memento.

In the midst of all these Kodak moments, however, looms the high risk of swimmers getting caught in a rip current. Despite the flying red flags that cautioned swimmers to avoid the water, plenty of people took to the waves anyway.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Gulf Shores takes extra precaution ahead of high surf, rip curre – FOX10 News | WALA.

Rough Surf Along Baldwin County Beaches | WKRG

June 13, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL It maybe hard to tell without actually being here but these waves are five to seven feet and when they crash into shore they can knock you down or in a matter of seconds, swallow you up.

This was Branten and Marian Pedler’s first visit to Gulf Shores. “I wasn’t expecting any surf in the gulf,” says Branten, “so this is alright.”

“Five lifeguard towers along the beach is amazing,” adds Marian. “I’ve never seen that before.”

via Rough Surf Along Baldwin County Beaches | WKRG.

Near Drowning at Gulf State Park Pier | WKRG

June 13, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL In the back of an ambulance, a man and his son are lucky to be alive.

“They were about to drown,” says Teresa Simmons from Boaz. She and her family were on the beach fishing when they heard someone yell for help.

“I heard somebody yelling grabbed the boogie board and ran down there,” says Teresa’s son Hayden. His quick thinking may have saved two lives.

“They were in that rip tide and there was nothing they could do,” says Teresa. “They were just stuck.”

Once Hayden swam out with that boogie board he stayed with them until lifeguards arrived.

via Near Drowning at Gulf State Park Pier | WKRG.

Extended Snapper Season Underway for Commercial Charter Captains – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

June 12, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Commercial charter captains are taking advantage of snapper season in federal waters.

June 10 marked the last day for recreational fishing, which means many anglers are now turning to boat captains, like Mike Rowell.

“This year has been better for the charter industry in terms of regulations and restrictions than in previous years,” Rowell said. “We’ve been busy since the start of summer; however this extended season will definitely keep business steady.”

via Extended Snapper Season Underway for Commercial Charter Captains – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Life saving tips if you ever get caught in a rip current – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

June 12, 2015

Northwest Florida beaches mean paradise for most of us.

But paradise can quickly turn into a nightmare if you get caught in a rip current. Especially if you don’t know what to do.

Channel Three News is teaming up with the Santa Rosa Island Authority to bring you live saving tips.

via Life saving tips if you ever get caught in a rip current – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

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