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Diver’s death sparks renewed concerns in Northwest Florida’s diving community. | WEAR

December 01, 2016

There are renewed concerns in the diving community after a diver died Friday.

The diver’s widow said her husband was diving the shipwreck, Oriskany, when he went up to fast and began suffering from decompression sickness, a condition also known as ‘bends.’

Kerry Freeland, a long time diver and owner of ‘Dive Pros in Pensacola, says getting decompression sickness is rare and treatment requires the use of a hyperbaric chamber.

via Diver’s death sparks renewed concerns in Northwest Florida’s diving community. | WEAR.

Oil and gas companies in Gulf of Mexico could flourish under Trump presidency | AL.com

November 26, 2016

Oil and gas companies in the Gulf of Mexico could be set for bigger profits under the President-elect Donald Trump’s industry-friendly administration, claims a leading energy industry consulting firm.

While any oil and gas boom is unlikely to come from Trump’s promise to open up federal waters to exploration and drilling in the future, which would take years to yield significant results, there are several ways in which the incoming administration could make things easier for companies to turn profit in an era of lowly priced oil, says Imran Khan, senior manager at Scottish-based consultancy firm Wood MacKenzie.

via Oil and gas companies in Gulf of Mexico could flourish under Trump presidency | AL.com.

Bentley should be celebrated for preserving coast line | AL.com

November 20, 2016

Alabama’s Gulf Coast has always been a source of pride for the state. The white sandy beaches are among the finest in the world and are a destination for fishermen, families, ecologists and biologists.

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill threatened much of the shoreline but, six years later, Gov. Robert Bentley is demonstrating a willingness to turn that near-disaster into an environmental triumph.

via Bentley should be celebrated for preserving coast line | AL.com.

Gulf Shores BP funds will go toward keeping the land ‘forever wild’ | WPMI

November 17, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved more than $63 million for six Alabama projects that address high priority conservation needs, including the acquisition and restoration of coastal habitats in key focal areas.

via Gulf Shores BP funds will go toward keeping the land ‘forever wild’ | WPMI.

Alabama Gulf projects approved for $63 million in oil spill funds | AL.com

November 16, 2016

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved $63 million for six Alabama projects as part of a restoration and conservation plan resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gov. Robert Bentley’s office announced.

The money comes out of two plea agreements approved by a federal court in 2013 that resolved certain criminal charges against BP and Transocean, according to the governor’s office.

via Alabama Gulf projects approved for $63 million in oil spill funds | AL.com.

Alabamians ‘can all be proud’ of USS Indianapolis film, in theaters Nov. 11 | AL.com

November 02, 2016

For many years, the horrific fate of the crew of the World War II battleship USS Indianapolis was largely forgotten by the general public. Then the movie “Jaws” brought the story of the world’s deadliest shark attack to a new generation with a monologue performed by the gravel-voiced Robert Shaw. Here is a condensed version:

via Alabamians ‘can all be proud’ of USS Indianapolis film, in theaters Nov. 11 | AL.com.

Fishing off-season calls effort to end poisonous, invasive lionfish | WEAR

October 29, 2016

The lionfish has made its way from the water to the table at local restaurants and seafood markets. The invasive nuisance is now considered a delicacy and a business opportunity during the off-season.

While tourism is booming, Captain Andy Ross runs dive charters. Also, during the slower months, he uses his diving skills to be a fisherman.

via Fishing off-season calls effort to end poisonous, invasive lionfish | WEAR.

Angler partnerships key to Gulf red snapper recovery | AL.com

October 25, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico is a national treasure. Countless recreational anglers, seafood lovers and small business owners depend on the health of its fisheries — not just for their livelihoods but for their way of life. The profound fishery management failures of the past put that heritage at risk. But the stunning recovery of the Gulf red snapper fishery shows what is possible when fishermen, environmentalists and managers come together to pursue smart reforms.

via Angler partnerships key to Gulf red snapper recovery | AL.com.

Scuba divers help clean up Alabama beaches – FOX10 News | WALA

October 23, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Scuba divers turned their hobby into community service Saturday morning in Gulf Shores. The project called Dive Against Debris was all in an effort to keep the beaches clean.

Some divers came from hundreds of miles away. There was a dive group from Illinois, for instance, that had been looking to do a unique clean-up dive. That led them to the Gulf Coast.

Their mission: to save wildlife.

via Scuba divers help clean up Alabama beaches – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs | Outdoor Alabama

October 14, 2016

For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line event that was held at the Flora-Bama Marina and Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill, which sit astride the Florida-Alabama line, hence Lions on the Line.

via Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs | Outdoor Alabama.

How a ‘rogue’ environmental group transformed American fisheries | AL.com

October 06, 2016

One of the nation’s largest environmental groups — bankrolled with $50 million from the heirs to the Walmart fortune — has spent millions of dollars pushing a wholesale change in how the U.S. manages its fisheries, an AL.com investigation reveals.

Critics blame the Environmental Defense Fund effort for hurting fishing communities on every coast, from Kake, Alaska, and Gloucester, Mass., to Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

The group has pushed a system that turns the right to catch a pound of fish into a private commodity that can be bought and sold like a share of stock on Wall Street. The government then gives these shares to individual commercial fishermen, granting them the right to catch that fish, or lease or sell the right to catch it to another fisherman.

via How a ‘rogue’ environmental group transformed American fisheries | AL.com.

Hurricane Hunters investigating what could be next tropical storm | AL.com

September 28, 2016

The Hurricane Hunters on Wednesday morning were investigating a tropical disturbance nearing the Caribbean that could become Tropical Storm Matthew soon.

So far the Hunters found that the disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, had winds of 40-45 mph, which are tropical storm force, according to the National Hurricane Center. They are also looking to see if it has a closed circulation.

via Hurricane Hunters investigating what could be next tropical storm | AL.com.

Tropical Storm Matthew could be named today, forecasters say | AL.com

September 27, 2016

A tropical disturbance in the central Atlantic could become 2016′s next named storm today or tonight, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning.

The disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, was located about 475 miles east-southeast of Barbados Tuesday morning and was moving westward at 15-20 mph.

via Tropical Storm Matthew could be named today, forecasters say | AL.com.

Activists, seafood suppliers, chefs bring lionfish from reefs to dinner plates | AL.com

September 26, 2016

Delicate slices of pale white fish arranged on a plate lay before me, the fish’s edges seasoned and gently seared. The flesh, cooked rare, looks firm and meaty. Two strips of sauce are drawn down the sides of the plate—one a pale green wasabi and teriyaki mix, the other a fiery Sriracha mayo.

via Activists, seafood suppliers, chefs bring lionfish from reefs to dinner plates | AL.com.

Alabama Slammin’: How to Fish the Gulf on a Budget | Outdoor Life

September 22, 2016

Orange Beach Fishing

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 Marine Resources Division, Alabama Power team up on artificial Reef – Alabama NewsCenter

September 20, 2016

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.

In the realm of the dwarf seahorse: tiny, fantastical, and under siege | AL.com

September 18, 2016

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.

National Estuaries Week provides hope for a healthy Mobile Bay | AL.com

September 17, 2016

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.

Reward offered for catching rare shrimp | WEAR

September 14, 2016

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.

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