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 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.
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, 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.
A national foundation says the five Gulf states are getting nearly $370 million for 24 projects to restore natural resources damaged by the 2010 oil spill.
via The Latest: Nearly $370M oil spill money for 5 Gulf states – FOX10 News | WALA.
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.
An area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean had a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm later this week. (National Hurricane Center)
via Hurricane forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm | AL.com.
The red snapper season will stay open in the Gulf of Mexico for an extra seven days in November.
November 5, 6, 11, 12, 25, 26 and 27 are the new additions to this popular fishing season.
The extension includes the Veteran’s Day holiday and Thanksgiving weekend.
via Red snapper season extended for the Gulf | WEAR.
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.
Suffering under an extended statewide drought, it is hard to remember that this year began with a record-breaking flood.
via Drought means a stunningly clear Gulf, happy fishermen, and bad news for oyster lovers | AL.com.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
‘Deepwater Horizon’ opens nationwide Friday. It tells the story of workers aboard the ill-fated oil rig off the Louisiana coast, the site of a devastation explosion in 2010.
via ‘Deepwater Horizon’ opens nationwide | WPMI.
When an old barge, and a couple of old alabama power boilers reached the end of their days, they could have landed in the scrap heap, but that would have been a shame.
Because Local 15′s Darwin Singleton is about to show you how today’s trash is tomorrow’s treasure at the end of a fishing line!
via Creating an Artifical Reef | WPMI.
From lionfish-zapping robots to high-tech traps, scientists are racing to find ways to control the voracious and invasive fish that threaten fragile marine ecosystems from the northern Gulf of Mexico to South America and beyond.
via Zapping, trapping inventions might curb lionfish invasion.
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.
Masses of orange and black Monarch butterflies flit in the fall to beaches near Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and Destin. Called the kings of butterflies, they start swarming through the Gulf Coast from the end of September to the first of October.
via Hope for monarchs that migrate through Gulf Coast | AL.com.
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.
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.
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.