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.
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.
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.
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.”
via Meet Beverly Jo Scott.
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.
After rescuing more than 20 individuals from rough surf and rip currents between Friday and Monday, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lifeguards handled 16 more calls on Tuesday.
via 16 more beach rescues made in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores on Tuesday | AL.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala Get them while you can.
Recreational anglers are making the most of the 10 days they have to fish for red snapper.
“I’ve grown up my whole life doing it,” says Richard Kunkel finishing his day of fishing.
Boat ramps are packed as anglers try to get their share before time runs out.
via Halfway Through Recreational Red Snapper Season | WKRG.
Get them while you can.
Recreational anglers are making the most of the 10 days they have to fish for red snapper.
via Halfway Through Recreational Red Snapper Season.
Ten acres next to Pensacola’s Maritime Park will become home to a state-of-the-art fish hatchery.
The Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries and Enhancement Center has been on the table since BP earmarked money for economic development after the oil spill in 2010.
The hatchery will be the first production scale saltwater hatchery in the state of Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is ready to begin designing the hatchery.
via Gulf Coast gets 1st production scale saltwater hatchery in Florida – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
Monday was the first day of the federal red snapper season, a time many businesses look forward to for the boost in tourism. But snapper aren’t the only fish with the potential of drawing visitors to Northwest Florida. Okaloosa County is considering a plan to attract even more fishermen, with even bigger fish.
via Buoys could help catch big game fish – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
Red Snapper is one of the most popular fish in the Gulf, and one of the most fought over. And, your chance to catch a couple of snappers, starts this Monday, June 1st.
This year, private anglers will get an additional day, that is 10 days, and charter boat operators are getting significantly more. They’re getting 44. But what does it look like out there?
Dr. Bob Shipp, a marine science professor with the University of Alabama went out 20 miles off shore to get a look. The team sent down a robotic camera to several reefs and caught several samples as part of their research.
via Red Snapper Season Begins June 1st, What To Expect.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama - During the summer, you’re not the only one looking for a quick dip in the water, a number of different bacteria are lurking below the surface.
Doctor Daren Waters, Greater Mobile Urgent Care, said E-coli is often one of the most common bacteria.
via Summer Starts Peak Season for Bacteria in Water.
Nothing Dr. Bob Shipp saw during a research cruise of six isolated artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday made him change his mind about the true state of the red snapper fishery off Alabama.
“I’ll say it again: If Alabama could manage their own snapper stocks out to 200 miles we could have a six-month season with a 2-fish daily bag limit per person and it wouldn’t put a dent in our population,” the long-time University of South Alabama marine sciences department chairman and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council member said.
via Research cruise reveals healthy red snapper fishery off Alabama, anglers should find easy limits | AL.com.
About 20 miles off shore is where you can find one of the Gulf’s most popular fish – the red snapper.
“When the season’s open everybody goes out there’s so many big snappers that they catch the quota in no time,” said Dr. Bob Shipp, a professor of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama.
Dr. Ship tells us, his past work suggests that Alabama’s coast is full of red snapper. He thinks regulations should be loosened up.
via Are There Enough Red Snapper Fish to Extend Season? USA Research.
Dr. Bob Shipp is THE authority on Gulf of Mexico red snapper. He recently retired after serving the last 20 years as chairman of the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama, and he also served two nine-year stints on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the board responsible for making recommendations to NOAA Fisheries about how federal Gulf fisheries are to be managed. During his time on the council, Shipp served as chairman on three separate occasions.
via Gulf fishing authority says red-snapper fix is easy | NOLA.com.
When the scuba-diving community considered a destination in the past, Alabama was not a location that popped up regularly.
Those who love diving along the state’s Gulf Coast hope that is rapidly changing with the latest effort to bring a new awareness of the diving opportunities in Alabama state waters and a little farther offshore.
The first step in Alabama’s effort to attract the diving world occurred two years ago when a 271-foot coastal freighter, formerly used to carry cargo for relatively short trips to coastal areas and the Caribbean, was renamed “LuLu” and sunk off the Alabama coast to great fanfare.
via Poseidon’s Playground Adds to Alabama’s Diving Opportunities.
The Marine Resources Division reminds recreational red snapper anglers that the captain or owner of any vessel, private or charter, is required to report all red snapper kept and discarded dead prior to landing in Alabama. Only one report is required per vessel trip and anglers can provide information via one of the following methods; the Outdoor Alabama Pocket Ranger® app available in the iTunes or Google Play app stores, online at outdooralabama.com; by telephone at 1-844-REDSNAP (1-844-733-7627), or by paper forms available at select coastal public boat launches.
via Report Red Snapper Landings in Alabama.
If National Weather Service forecasts hold up, folks competing in the 38th Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Memorial Day Tournament can expect clear skies and relatively calm seas throughout most of the weekend.
The forecast changes a little on Sunday when a building southeast wind is expected to kick up seas between 4 and 6 feet, but the bigger boats should be able to handle those heights with no major issues.
The fishing forecast is a little spottier, according to Chris Vecsey at Sam’s in Orange Beach.
via Reel Report: All conditions point toward excellent week of fishing ahead | AL.com.