Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico

Managing ‘snapper’ is vital | The Atmore Advance

February 10, 2016

If regional management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is going to be realized any time soon, it’s apparently not going to be through the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

The Gulf Council met recently in Orange Beach, and Amendment 39, which has to do with regional management, was tabled after it lost support from the representatives from the five Gulf states.

via Managing ‘snapper’ is vital | The Atmore Advance.

Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing | AL.com

January 24, 2016

A little-known federal program has turned dozens of Gulf of Mexico fishermen into the lords of the sea — able to earn millions annually without even going fishing — and transformed dozens more into modern-day serfs who must pay the lords for the right to harvest red snapper.

A four-month probe by AL.com has found that roughly $60 million has been earned since 2007 by this small number of fishermen whose boats never left port. That money was collected from the labor of fishermen who have no choice but to hand over more than half of the price that their catch brings at the dock.

As it stands today, the right to catch 77 percent of the annual red snapper harvest is controlled by just 55 people, according to an AL.com analysis of hundreds of pages of federal documents, reports and websites.

via Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing | AL.com.

Gulf council meeting in Orange Beach

January 21, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet Jan. 25-28 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala.

The Gulf Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

via Gulf council meeting in Orange Beach.

Alabama State Waters Extended to 9 Miles

January 07, 2016

The Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, includes a provision to extend Alabama’s state waters from 3 miles to 9 miles. The bill includes additional provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in abbreviated nine and 10-day seasons for private sector recreational anglers the last two years. The red snapper provisions in the bill were authored by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

via Alabama State Waters Extended to 9 Miles.

Marine Resources Readies Canine Unit to Aid Enforcement

December 23, 2015

Alabama Marine Resources Fishing Regulations

While many of us have been busy searching for the perfect Christmas gifts these past few weeks, one group at Dauphin Island has been on an unusual quest for a totally different prize – fish fillets.

Nope, there’s no big Christmas fish fry planned. The search for fish fillets is part of an intensive training regimen for the Alabama Marine Resources Division’s new canine program to sniff out violators of state and federal fishing regulations.

via Marine Resources Readies Canine Unit to Aid Enforcement.

Red Tide Continues To Impact Local Beaches

December 16, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL- The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Red Tide Warning is still in effect for coastal Alabama waters.

Red tide is caused by a massive build of certain species of microscopic sea organisms. Red tide can cause fish kills and the blooms can discolors the water.

Exposure to red tide can be unpleasant and for some, symptoms can be severe.

via Red Tide Continues To Impact Local Beaches.

CONCORDE Scientists Monitoring Harmful Algal Bloom in Northern Gulf – CONCORDE

December 15, 2015

CONCORDE scientists are using cutting-edge plankton imaging, satellite remote sensing, and modelling technology to track and forecast a harmful algal bloom in the area that has beaches and oyster reefs along the Mississippi Coast closed until further notice.Harmful algal blooms, locally referred to as red tides, are large concentrations of single-celled phytoplankton, such as Karenia brevis, that can be toxic to both marine and human life.

via CONCORDE Scientists Monitoring Harmful Algal Bloom in Northern Gulf – CONCORDE.

New Report Confirms Federal Government’s Poor Red Snapper Data, Byrne Says

December 15, 2015

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today drew attention to a new report that outlines serious flaws with the federal government’s data collection efforts, especially as it relates to Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the federal government has failed to develop a “comprehensive strategy to guide its data collection efforts.” The report also highlights the lack of communication with stakeholders as it relates to data collection efforts.

via New Report Confirms Federal Government’s Poor Red Snapper Data, Byrne Says.

Toxic red tide a “massive bloom in our area” – FOX10 News | WALA

December 12, 2015

DAUPHIN ISLAND, AL (WALA) - A harmful algae blooming in the Gulf is causing some serious problems for the Alabama Gulf Coast.

It’s commonly called “red tide” because the blooms can turn the water a deep red.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, samples of the red tide have been collected from Florida Point to Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Weeks Bay, Bayou la Batre and the Mississippi Sound.

via Toxic red tide a “massive bloom in our area” – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Red Tide warning issued, those with respiratory issues take caution | AL.com

December 12, 2015

The Health Department issued a warning to those who seek to hit the water this weekend: the Red Tide is here and can be dangerous to some people.

Those with respiratory conditions should avoid the water altogether.

Red Tide is caused by an algae and is relatively rare to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

via Red Tide warning issued, those with respiratory issues take caution | AL.com.

Installation of electronic data collection moving forward across the Gulf charter fishery – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 11, 2015

The Gulf charter-for-hire fleet is making yet another leap towards greater accountability as nearly 200 charter-for-hire boats become equipped with electronic data collection systems that will allow for accurate and real time data on red snapper and other critically important recreational species.

via Installation of electronic data collection moving forward across the Gulf charter fishery – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Traps for invasive lionfish on the horizon

December 07, 2015

The fight to control the invasive lionfish is about to get real if Ft. Pierce divers Bob and Maria Hickerson have anything to say about it.

Hickerson and his wife — who run a series of highly successful lionfish derbies along Florida’s East Coast — also manufacture a popular line of lionfish harvesting gear, including spears and catch bags. Now the dynamic duo has set its sights on designing a trap that will bring economies of scale to the commercial harvest of what many scientists consider to be a major threat to the health of reefs throughout the Western Atlantic and Caribbean basins.

via Traps for invasive lionfish on the horizon.

Red tide invades Alabama waters, shuts down fall oyster harvest | AL.com

December 03, 2015

Red tide invades Alabama waters, shuts down fall oyster harvest | AL.com

A widespread red tide outbreak is occurring along the Alabama coast.

In some places south of Dauphin Island this week, the water is stained blood red in patches that measure up to a half mile across. It is likely the worst red tide outbreak off Alabama in more than a decade.

via Red tide invades Alabama waters, shuts down fall oyster harvest | AL.com.

More structures deployed in Poseidon’s Playground in the Gulf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

December 03, 2015

More structures deployed in Poseidon

ORANGE BEACH, AL – More structures were added to the Poseidon’s Playground off the Gulf Coast near Orange Beach. On Tuesday Dec. 1 pyramids with actors Nicolas Cage’s and Cody Young’s handprints, another with handprints of actor-director Mario Peebles, a replica of a rocket and a symbol of OBA representing the Orange Beach Community website. The playground is a project of the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation and the first items were dropped in the Gulf in December of 2014.

via More structures deployed in Poseidon’s Playground in the Gulf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘Poseidon’s Playground’ expands for divers off Orange Beach | AL.com

December 02, 2015

The Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation added to its fanciful diving destination, “Poseidon’s Playground,” on Tuesday at noon.

Located three miles off of Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala., the undersea attraction was established just a year ago with the deployment of three statues of Greek mythological figures — Poseidon, Apollo and Venus.

via ‘Poseidon’s Playground’ expands for divers off Orange Beach | AL.com.

From Boat to Restaurant, Good News for Gulf Seafood

November 20, 2015

Head into your favorite seafood place and conversations are all about how much and what you want.

“The seafood on the gulf coast, as far as I know, is as good as it’s ever been,” says the owner of Billy’s Seafood, Billy Parks.

The BP oil spill doesn’t come up much anymore, “just don’t get a question like that.”

Scientists have poked and prodded, sampled and dissected all kinds of marine life looking for any public health concerns. “There is a lot of scientific evidence that shows the seafood is safe to eat,” says John Guarisco with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

via From Boat to Restaurant, Good News for Gulf Seafood.

Long-Term Reef Plan to Benefit Alabama Marine Environment | Outdoor Alabama

November 20, 2015

A brainstorming session involving the Alabama Marine Resources Division, Alabama Wildlife Federation AWF and the Alabama Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association CCA resulted in significant implications for those who love to fish in Alabama’s saltwater environment.

Alabama Fishing Reefs

The three entities concluded that their combined efforts could best be used to develop a long-term plan for Alabama’s world-renowned artificial reef program.

via Long-Term Reef Plan to Benefit Alabama Marine Environment | Outdoor Alabama.

FWC takes stance against red snapper proposal – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL

November 19, 2015

Issues surrounding management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico took center stage during a meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in Panama City Beach on Wednesday.

The commission took a stance against a proposal up for final vote in January by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council that would allow Gulf states to set bag limits and seasons in both state and federal waters by dividing the total recreational snapper quota.

via FWC takes stance against red snapper proposal – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL.

Gulf of Mexico Seafood – Is it Safe?

November 19, 2015

In the last five years landing a fish from the Gulf of Mexico has come with a catch.

“People still ask, is seafood safe?” says Larissa Graham with the Sea Grant Programs of the Gulf of Mexico.

A room full of scientists and researchers were tasked with finding out the answer to that question. According to Graham, “seafood’s safe and it’s delicious.”

via Gulf of Mexico Seafood – Is it Safe?.

Alabama reef system to get $12 million in latest BP grant money – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 11, 2015

Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved more than $21 million for five Alabama projects that address high priority conservation needs to restore some of Alabama’s natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Of the amount, about $12 million will go toward the Alabama Artificial Reef and Habitat Enhancement. This project will fund the enhancement and expansion of the state’s artificial reef program to improve habitats for reef fish and other species in coastal Alabama.

via Alabama reef system to get $12 million in latest BP grant money – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

$21 Million Approved for Alabama Gulf Conservation Projects

November 11, 2015

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved of spending more than $21 million on projects to restore areas of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Bentley said in a statement Tuesday that the money will be used to launch five projects focused on natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

via $21 Million Approved for Alabama Gulf Conservation Projects.

Closing in on the Cuba Libre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

November 04, 2015

(November 3, 2015) – The remaining 16 boats in the fleet of 21 starters in the 2015 Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana Race had a slow go working their way past the Dry Tortugas today with a 90-mile Gulf Stream crossing ahead of them before they reach the comfort of Marina Hemingway. They began the race with too much wind and now have too little. The finish line will be set up late Tuesday night for finishers expected overnight or early Wednesday.

via Closing in on the Cuba Libre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News.

Four yachts retire from Pensacola race

November 02, 2015

Pensacola to Cuba Sailboat Race

With rough conditions during the first 24 hours of the 2015 Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana race, four boats have “retired,” stated a Pensacola Yacht Club press release.

The homemade catamaran Surf Rider and the Island Packet 27 Island Sun returned to Pensacola Bay Saturday afternoon. Makani U’l, a Beneteau 40, suffered damage to her jib halyard and roller-furler system and is headed to St. Petersburg for repairs. Midnight Sun II, a Hunter 42, was dismasted at midnight and motored back to Pensacola Yacht Club by 8:30 a.m, said the release.

via Four yachts retire from Pensacola race.

Pensacola to Havana Sailboat Race Leaves October 31st

October 23, 2015

Pensacola to Sailboat Race

A new era in international sailing is about to begin and a boat based in Orange Beach’s Hudson Marina, the Libra, will be one of the boats to make history.

While sailors from Pensacola Yacht Club participated in several races to Cuba in the early part of the 20th century, in a few short days the first race of that kind will go from Pensacola to Havana.

via Pensacola to Havana Sailboat Race Leaves October 31st.

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