Rows of pilings stretch out into the Gulf of Mexico near Mobile. Lane Zirlott jumps off the dock into the water. He reaches between the pilings and pulls up a PVC pipe with cylindrical baskets attached to it. As the water drains out of the baskets, the contents are revealed: live oysters. Eighty to 100 of them in each basket, to be exact.
Lane and his parents, Brent and Rosa, have been farming oysters for about two years now at Murder Point Oyster Company, but their history in the seafood industry goes back long before that. For five generations, the Zirlott family has been in the commercial shrimping and fishing industries on the Gulf Coast. Brent Zirlott proudly displays his great-grandfather’s oyster license from 1892.
via Murder Point Oyster Company is putting Alabama oysters on the map | AL.com.
Baldwin County beaches are more popular than ever. But with that popularity comes a problem, an increased amount of beach gear being left over-night on the beaches and in some cases for weeks at a time.
via New Policy Aimed at Clearing Beach Gear from Baldwin Beaches.
As soon as she hit the sand, she knew this was her beach. She had been here before according to wildlife biologist Jackie Sablan. “We think she was actually trying to nest but some beach goers saw her with a very severely injured right rear flipper and also some lacerations on her left rear flipper.”
via Ft. Morgan Sea Turtle Returned to the Gulf.
A tropical disturbance that brought record rainfall as well as flooding to parts of the Gulf Coast moved inland Tuesday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.
via Tropical wave in Gulf moves inland; will there be new storm soon? | AL.com.
Research will soon be underway to gain a better understanding of artificial reefs and shallow coastal environments by studying the fish population in Northwest Florida.
The University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, in collaboration with Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama, received a $293,992 grant for artificial reef research. Jane Caffrey, CEDB and UWF biology professor, said the team held a planning meeting Friday, and the project will last through August 2017.
via UWF receives funding for artificial reef research.
If you’ve been wondering about the long-term health effects of the gulf oil disaster–scientists are trying to find out. The National Institutes of Health is about halfway done with its Gulf Study. More than 33,000 men and women who were around the oil in 2010 are taking part. I’m one of them. I did four hours of tests about a week ago at the campus of USA Medical Center. They measured my weight, height, lung function and brain among other tests. I was paid $100 for my time and $25 for mileage as has anyone else who went through this battery of tests.
via Studying The Gulf Study.
We’re in year four of what’s going to be a decade long study. This is a $60 million study. That’s just what they’ve spent so far. They’ve got 33-thousand volunteers who they’re studying with different levels of exposure to the disaster. I’m one of the volunteers. I’ve got video from a home visit in 2011.
via Gulf Study Looking At Long Term Spill Health Problems.
NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Administrator Dr. Roy Crabtree will provide an update and take questions about Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper management during a call-in question and answer session.
via Column: Discussion on red snapper.
After FOX10 News showed you exclusive video of migrants on a makeshift sailboat in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as Greens Canyon, some 200 miles away from the Alabama coast, we’re getting answers from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) about the incident.
According to Petty Officer Mark Barney, Public Information Official representing USCG District Seven out of Miami, the immigrants are from Cuba. He said there were 13 Cubans aboard the handmade “flotation device,” 11 men and two women.
via UPDATE: USCG confirms refugees discovered in Gulf by local fishe – FOX10 News | WALA.
When Donnie Shear and his crew of five headed out for a fishing tournament out of Orange Beach Friday night, September 4, he had no idea they would run into a group of immigrants stranded in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.
“We were shocked,” Shear recalled to FOX10 News, “I mean, utter shock.”
Shear said he and his crew spotted some 14 migrants on what appeared to be a sailboat handmade out of Styrofoam and other materials on Saturday morning, September 5, in an area of the Gulf known as Greens Canyon, which is more than 200 miles away from the Alabama coast.
He radioed for help, and waited for some three hours until the United States Coast Guard arrived to handle the scene.
Shear said he was notified through radio traffic that someone on the makeshift boat told rescuers the group was coming from Mexico, and was attempting to make it to Atlanta. Shear said radio traffic also indicated the immigrants had been on the Styrofoam boat for some 20 days.
via RAW VIDEO: Alleged Mexican migrants stranded on makeshift sailbo – FOX10 News | WALA.
Labor Day weekend brings thousands of people to the sands of Gulf Shores every year. Most are looking to enjoy the sun and surf before heading back to the grind of work.
“Just thankful for some time to just relax and hang out on the beach,” Melissa Hershbine said.
But fore Hershbine and her family, this isn’t just another vacation. Since he was three, their now 12-year-old son, Gavin has been fighting Nephrotic Syndrome, a rare kidney disorder.
via Beach community rallies for 12-year-old with rare kidney disease – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A shark scare before a big holiday weekend is not something any beach community wants. “Don’t let this ruin your Labor Day holiday weekend if you plan on coming to the beaches,” says city spokesman Grant Brown.
Shark activity near the public beach area prompted city leaders to post purple flags warning beachgoers about the potential danger. “It was in front of our swimming area at our public beach which gives us a little more cause to react with a purple flag,” says Brown.
via Purple Flags Fly in Gulf Shores Warning of Sharks.
Baldwin County beaches have been pretty quiet lately. That is expected to change at least for one more weekend.
“It’s been slow the last couple of weeks but we are looking for a big weekend,” says John Boller president of Gulf Shores Rentals.
via One Last Summer Blast.
Aaron Butler and his great niece Summer Jones, 9, are shown in the photo above, swimming with manatees at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Monday.
via Picture that: Swimming with the manatees at Panama City Beach | AL.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yokamu has been dubbed the “The LuLu,” after local businesswoman and project supporter Lulu Buffet.
Our countdown to the top 10 things you didn’t know about the sinking of the Lulu.
via Sinking of the Lulu | Sport Diver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ORANGE BEACH, AL– Thousands of dead fish have washed up in the back bays or Orange Beach.
Cotton Bayou appears to be one of the main areas where the dead fish have been seen.
The fish are Gulf Menhaden. Menhaden are schooling bait fish.
Fish kills are not uncommon in coastal Alabama waters during the summer.
via Massive Fish Kill In Orange Beach.
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.
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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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.
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Just like folks who appreciate beachfront property — sharks also like to call Gulf Shores home. But it is rare to see a large number of them. Friday however more than 100 were spotted.
The images are similar to the ones captured last year near Orange Beach. That’s when it was closed off to swimmers. That time the sharks hung around for 3 days.
via Sharks Still Hanging Around Near Gulf Shores.
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.
At one time Friday morning there were close to a hundred sharks within 100 yards of the beach near the state park pavilion in Gulf Shores.
An aerial view provided by Orange Beach Helicopter Tours showed how many and how close the sharks were to shore and swimmers.
via Large Gathering of Sharks near Gulf Shores.