The National Hurricane Center was watching what could turn out to be the next storm, and this one is headed for the Caribbean.
Invest 97L was still a tropical wave on Monday morning, located about 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands in the central Atlantic.
via Hurricane forecasters say depression could form this week in Caribbean | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH (WPMI) — The battle is on against an invasive species of fish that could ravage our seafood industry.
Experts say Lion Fish are multiplying at remarkable speeds and with no natural predator, they’re eating their fair share.
via Lion Fish spearfish competition hopes to slow growth of invasive species | WPMI.
Midmorning under a cloudless sky, and Denise, who politely declined to give her last name, was 1,000 feet out and 20 feet above the Gulf of Mexico cleaning a saltwater catfish. Her boyfriend, Monte, thin as a Popsicle stick, was reeling up a bare hook.
via Alabama Slammin’: How to Fish the Gulf on a Budget | Outdoor Life.
Alabama Power and the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are working together to provide a new place to fish off the Alabama coast.
The partners have been working together on a new artificial reef that will be located approximately 25 miles south of Dauphin Island. The large reef is made up of two boilers recently removed from the James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant as well as a 195 foot barge. The 200,000-pound boilers were previously used at the plant’s Washington County and Theodore sites. The old boilers were recently upgraded with new equipment as a part of regularly scheduled maintenance at the plant. The barge is being provided by Cooper/T. Smith.
via Alabama Marine Resources Division, Alabama Power team up on artificial Reef – Alabama NewsCenter.
We set out to catch a modern day unicorn, the dwarf seahorse, as dainty and secretive a creature as you can find anywhere on land or under the sea.
Measuring an inch long when full grown, they are the smallest of the four seahorse species native to the Gulf of Mexico, and one of the smallest vertebrates on the planet. They are also thought to be slowly disappearing.
via In the realm of the dwarf seahorse: tiny, fantastical, and under siege | AL.com.
Estuaries are the lifeblood of the Gulf of Mexico. Places like Mobile Bay, where water from five major rivers mix with the saltier water of the Gulf, are critical nursery grounds for most of the fish and shellfish that Alabamians like to catch and eat—everything from blue crabs to redfish.
via National Estuaries Week provides hope for a healthy Mobile Bay | AL.com.
Alabama researchers are shelling out $30 for every Asian Tiger Shrimp you reel in. There’s no catch, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab says they just want to study the large invasive shrimp.
via Alabama researchers offering money for tiger shrimp | WPMI.
Get out your nets and get ready to make some money – that is if you are lucky. Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is offering a $30 reward for a rare shrimp in our waterways.
“They are kind of like lobsters,” Dr. Jennifer Hill, an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University said via Skype. “They get up to a half pound a piece per shrimp.”
via Reward offered for catching rare shrimp | WEAR.
On September 12th, 1979 Hurricane Frederic made landfall on Dauphin Island as a strong Category three storm with sustained winds nearing 130 miles per hour. For days forecasters watched Fredric grow into a monster as it plowed across the Gulf developing an eye 50 miles wide. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier was 18 years-old at the time, and Frederic is seared in his memory.
via Anniversary of Hurricane Frederic – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
WEAR — The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park released four rehabilitated sea turtles this week. Celery, Sprout, Mariner, and Sally.
Check out the video of Sprout heading back to the Gulf with Gulfarium Senior Aquarist Graham Northup.
via Sea turtles head home to the Gulf | WEAR.
Labor Day 2016 on the Alabama gulf coast was a washout for many beach-goers from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores. While dark skies loomed to the west, folks in Orange Beach were spared any rain for most of the day.
via Orange Beach beach-goers escape brunt of Labor Day rains – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The Local 15 News weather team is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Hermine. As of 10 a.m. September 1, most forecast models take the storm toward Apalachicola with a landfall around Port St. Joe/Apalachicola early Friday morning.
via Weather conditions in Orange Beach | WPMI.
“Wow, these waves are awesome,” says Kimberly Trantham who had no idea a tropical system was in the gulf. She is on vacation in Gulf Shores and is enjoying the show Hurricane Hermine is offering those along the Alabama coast.
via Hermine Affecting Surf Along Baldwin Co. Beaches.
Hermine weakened to a tropical storm Friday morning, just hours after making landfall on Florida’s Big Bend as a hurricane with high winds, heavy rain and nearly 10 feet of storm surge.
via Tropical Storm Hermine weakens inland while on path for Carolinas | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. WPMI — With tropical storm Hermine now in the Gulf waves are making a big splash at Gulf Shores beach.Some plan to brave the waves while others play it safe and soak up sun.
via Red flags at Gulf Shores beach but vacation rentals see increase in bookings | WPMI.
For Mike Bailey, camping is only done right when the site is decked out in Alabama swag.
“We haven’t really finished the set up yet, we’re doing two to three things a day,” Bailey said.
He needs the décor, the Roll Tide chairs and the red and white lights all set up before taking part in the traditional camping festivities.
via Hermine pushes Labor Day campers west | WEAR.
This may not have been the best day for your first trip to the beach this summer.
With the danger of a direct hit by “Hermine” out of the equation, “Before it comes we try to go to the beach,” Rennie Flores and his family headed to Orange Beach.
“Every time I go to the beach it’s always calm, it’s always low tide,” says 11-year-old Kim Flores. “I’ve never seen it like this.”
via Hermine Churning Up Surf Along Baldwin County Beaches.
Rip current warnings are in place from west of Dauphin Island to east of Destin and Miramar Beach, according to the National Weather Service.
via Tropical Depression 9: Rip currents warnings close water along Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast | AL.com.
Tropical Storm Hermine picked up speed and maintained its strength on a course for northern Florida on Thursday morning, and forecasters said it could be a hurricane when it comes onshore.
As of 4 a.m. CDT, Tropical Storm Hermine was located about 250 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., according to the National Hurricane Center.
via Tropical Storm Hermine forecast for north Florida landfall as hurricane | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A business owner in Baldwin County is challenging the ‘Leave Only Footprints’ initiative in Gulf Shores. This is where beach goers are required to remove all tents, umbrellas and beach chairs by sundown every day.
via Baldwin Co. business owner challenges ‘Leave Only Footprints’ initiative | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, AL – One of two men asking for Gulf Shores to “cease and desist” enforcing new beach regulations offers tent services and other beach rentals to vacationers in the city.
Former Attorney General Troy King’s law firm has sent a letter to the Gulf Shores mayor and city council asking it to halt the “Leave Only Footprints” program in that city.
via Young has beach service in Gulf Shores | The Islander.
Dean Young, known for his Republican political campaigns and conservative stances, has joined forces with former Alabama Attorney General Troy King to challenge what he calls an assault on property owners’ rights in Gulf Shores.
via ‘Leave Only Footprints’ vs. ‘Don’t Tread On Me:’ Dean Young challenges Gulf Shores policy | AL.com.
Tropical Depression 9 on Wednesday turned north toward Florida, which was peppered with watches and warnings in anticipation of a Thursday landfall.
The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning Wednesday for part of the Gulf Coast, and a hurricane watch was also already in effect.
via Tropical Depression 9 tracks toward Florida; hurricane watches, tropical storm warnings in effect | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – Former Attorney General Troy King’s law firm has sent a letter to the Gulf Shores mayor and city council asking it to halt the “Leave Only Footprints” program in that city.
King’s firm, representing Dean Young and Johnathan Young, says the law violates private property rights of beachfront owners. The new law states no items can be left on the beach overnight and any items left are picked up by city crews and discarded.
via Letter challenges Leave Only Footprints law | The Islander.
After days of seeing tropical models put whatever becomes of Invest 99 all over the place, they’ve come in to some agreement, sort of. Most models move the system into the central Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday or Wednesday. The problem is, what happens after that is still greatly unknown.
via Invest 99 development chances up again | WEAR.
GULF SHORES – It was a LuLu of a good time on May 26, 2013 when hundreds of boats gathered to watch Walter Marine send a retired 271-foot freighter to the bottom of the Gulf some 18 miles off of Orange Beach.
Thanks to BP money in the form of a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the state of Alabama wants to do that three more times, says Director of the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Chris Blankenship.
via Alabama seeking 3 ships to sink in the Gulf | The Islander.
A tropical wave near the Bahamas and Cuba on Friday morning was expected to cross near or over south Florida and into the Gulf over the weekend and has a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm.
via Hurricane center lowers chances of tropical wave becoming Hermine | AL.com.
Gaston became a hurricane overnight in the central Atlantic while another potential storm was moving closer to the U.S. on Thursday.
That tropical wave, called Invest 99L, continued to be closely watched on Thursday morning because of its potential path. The system could affect Florida and possibly the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.
via Tropical wave moves closer to U.S.; could it become Hermine? | AL.com.
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Thanks to participants in the Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program — both conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission — nearly 10,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters so far.
Since the May 14 kickoff, 9,216 lionfish have been eradicated from the Gulf.
via Nearly 10K lionfish killed in Gulf so far.