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.
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.
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.
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.
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?.
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.
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.
(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.
Another dredging of Little Lagoon Pass. This time not only from the water but along the shoreline as well.
Engineers call it “mechanical dredging” where tractors, excavators and other heavy equipment are used to remove the sand and move tons of sand clogging the pass.
via Dredging Little Lagoon Pass, Again.
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.
The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County reminds all people to protect themselves and their families against Florida Red Tide exposure. At this time, moderate to high levels of the Red Tide organism are predicted to be present in Escambia County’s coastal waters from Friday through Sunday.
via Escambia health officials issue red tide advisory.
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.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Months ahead from the 2016 red snapper fishing season, folks gather in Mobile to discuss the future of how they are fished in the Gulf of Mexico.
For the second year in a row, the amount of red snapper caught by fishermen in Alabama, according to the Federal Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), was vastly different than the estimate of the Alabama Marine Resources Division.
via Recreational, charter fishermen discuss future of red snapper tr – FOX10 News | WALA.
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For the first time since production wrapped up in Mobile, we’re getting our first look at “U.S.S. Indianapolis: Men of Courage” starring Nicolas Cage.
The footage comes as part of a three-minute teaser clip, with some quick glimpses of the actual movie shot mostly in Mobile, Mobile Bay and Baldwin County.
via SPECIAL: First Footage from ‘USS Indianapolis’ Movie Released.
The Boat built of Cement in 1943 was known to many as the “Tenneco Boat” or “The Concrete Ship”. It was owned by longtime Pensacola businessman and commercial tugboat and barge operator Capt. Shirley J Brown who acquired it in the 1980′s from the Tenneco Oil Company.
What is known about it is somewhat sketchy. It was built in Saint Marks, Florida during World War II, so the shortage of steel was most likely the reason that it was built from cement and wood rather than steel. At that time many vessels including some cargo ships were being built from “ferro-cement” which imbeded steel rods and wire in the cement to give it strength.
via New Alabama Gulf of Mexico Artificial Fishing Reef – Tenneco Boat Fishing Reef or the Captain Shirley J Brown Memorial Fishing Reef – Orange Beach, Alabama.
This summer, crews were in town filming USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. As part of the story, they used a vintage Catalina PBY flying boat that was donated by a private owner. It was damaged during filming, but we learned just yesterday it will live on as a display at Battleship Park.
Crews were filming in Orange Beach, shooting a scene with this vintage PBY. However, when it landed in the gulf, it began taking on water, damaging the plane and any future hopes of it in the film. After a week in the water, crews were finally able to lift it out. Libby Hill was visiting the set and found herself talking to the pilot.
via Vintage Plane Used in Film Will Feature at Battleship Park.
DAUHPIN ISLAND, AL – Following the stranding of a melon headed whale in Gulf Shores on Oct. 6 researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN) performed a necropsy to help determine what caused the animal to strand.
While final results are still pending, researchers found the small whale had a severe respiratory infection that likely affected the animal’s ability to breathe.
The melon headed whale, a type of dolphin that is normally found in deeper waters, stranded alive near the Surfside Shores condos in Gulf Shores. The dolphin was struggling to breathe and stay upright in the surf.
ALMMSN biologists were aided by bystanders who stayed with the animal until responders arrived on scene.
via Melon Headed whale had Severe infection – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: The (Gulf Shores And Orange Beach) Islander.
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.