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Purple Flags Up at Baldwin County Beaches for Jellyfish Alert | WKRG

July 18, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WKRG) — Purple flags are up due to an influx of jellyfish at Baldwin County Beaches.

Purple flags, which were alerted to News 5 on Monday, indicate the presence of dangerous marine life in the water. In this instance, News 5 is told the flags are for jellyfish.

via Purple Flags Up at Baldwin County Beaches for Jellyfish Alert | WKRG.

Taking a cobia and coming of age in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com

July 18, 2017

The sound of the knife crunching through the cobia’s thick skull wasn’t pleasant, but it was humane. My friend, Sean Sullivan, pulled out the knife and put the dispatched fish in the cooler.

I could see tears welling up in my son’s eyes. He screamed, “Why did you have to kill it, Dad?” Keep in mind that he had already helped us catch a couple of red snapper and put them on ice.

That was different.

via Taking a cobia and coming of age in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com.

Who Gets To Fish For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It’s All Politics : The Salt : NPR

July 08, 2017

There’s a fight brewing over who can fish for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, and for how long. And it’s serious politics.

Recreational anglers pushed the Trump administration to intervene after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration set the shortest recreational snapper season on record – just three days in June. The result was a deal between the Commerce Department and Gulf states to extend the season.

via Who Gets To Fish For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It’s All Politics : The Salt : NPR.

Marine Patrol talks boating safety | WPMI

July 04, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The 4th of July Holiday is the busiest on the water, as hundreds of boaters make their way to our waterways. Of those, the most traveled are in Orange Beach and along Mobile Bay.

In the waters near Perdido Pass, there are two patrols on 12-hour shifts. One watching while the other stops and educates boaters on the dangers of careless boating.

via Marine Patrol talks boating safety | WPMI.

U.S. Commerce Department announces appointments to regional fishery management councils for 2017 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

June 29, 2017

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 22 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on August 12.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act established the councils to prepare fishery management plans for their regions. NOAA Fisheries works closely with the councils through this process and then reviews, approves and implements the plans. Council members represent diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental organizations and academia. They are vital to fulfilling the act’s requirements to end overfishing, rebuild fish stocks and manage them sustainably.

via U.S. Commerce Department announces appointments to regional fishery management councils for 2017 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Texas man ID’d as drowning victim who saved children in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com

June 27, 2017

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who drowned in the Gulf of Mexico near Bernard Court East off Fort Morgan Road on Friday (June 23) as 57-year-old James “Jim” Gray of Dallas, Texas.

On Friday afternoon the BCSO reported that Gray and his family were vacationing in Fort Morgan, Alabama. His family was staying at 363 Bernard Court East when the Fort Morgan Fire Department received a call that Gray had been trying to help several children who were in distress while swimming in the gulf.

via Texas man ID’d as drowning victim who saved children in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com.

Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com

June 25, 2017

The  ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Ala., is about 60,000 years old, says a team of scientists who have studied the site.

The forest, pictured above, appears to be a wholly unique relic of our planet’s past, the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place, with thousands of trees still rooted in the dirt they were growing millennia ago. It is considered a treasure trove of information, providing new insights into everything from climate in the region to annual rainfall, insect populations, and the types of plants that inhabited the Gulf Coast before humans arrived in the new world. Scientific analysis of the site is ongoing. One of the key things the forest might hint at is a world where the seas rose even more quickly than the worst-case predictions for the near future.

via Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com.

Gulf reopens at Gulf Shores, Panama City; Destin waters remain off limits | AL.com

June 24, 2017

Officials have opened the Gulf waters in Gulf Shores and Panama City but are advising visitors to use extreme caution in the wake of Tropical Storm Cindy.

Water in Gulf Shores, Panama City, Destin and along the Panhandle were closed Tuesday through Friday due to high surf and dangerous rip currents created by Tropical Storm Cindy.

via Gulf reopens at Gulf Shores, Panama City; Destin waters remain off limits | AL.com.

Cindy makes landfall: Today’s forecast | WPMI

June 22, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in SW Louisiana between Port Arthur Texas and Cameron Louisiana around 4am this morning. It will continue to track north and west across Louisiana into SE Arkansas tonight into Friday. Weakening is expected today as it moves inland. Right now Cindy is about 30 miles WSW of Lake Charles, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph this morning. While the center of Tropical Storm Cindy remained far from the Mobile area, we’ve certainly experienced some of the worst weather this storm dishe

via Cindy makes landfall: Today’s forecast | WPMI.

Recreational Snapper Anglers Get Additional Days | Outdoor Alabama

June 21, 2017

Fishing buddy Todd Kercher posted a video last weekend that many feel justifies the significant extension of the red snapper season for private recreational anglers in federal waters.

Todd took his family out in the Gulf of Mexico to catch a limit of snapper, two per person with a 16-inch minimum. What he captured on video was what many snapper anglers have been screaming for the past few years.

via Recreational Snapper Anglers Get Additional Days | Outdoor Alabama.

Gulf Shores officials on Tropical Storm Cindy: Stay out of the water or face jail, fines | AL.com

June 21, 2017

Warning of life-threatening rip currents and dangerous surf, Gulf Shores officials are telling people to stay of the water.

Double-red flags are up in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, Panama City and along the Florida Panhandle, signifying the water is off limits.

Gulf of Mexico waters within the corporate limits of Gulf Shores are closed to the public until further notice, city officials said. Swimming, wading, floating or other entry into the water is prohibited and violators can face fines or even jail.

via Gulf Shores officials on Tropical Storm Cindy: Stay out of the water or face jail, fines | AL.com.

This Is Alabama Releases Nature Documentary ‘The Underwater Forest’

June 19, 2017

The Underwater Forest, a new documentary by Ben Raines produced by This is Alabama and the Alabama Coastal Foundation, details the discovery and exploration of an ancient cypress forest found sixty feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The forest dates to an ice age more than 60,000 years ago, when sealevels were about 400 feet lower than they are today.

via This Is Alabama Releases Nature Documentary ‘The Underwater Forest’.

Tracking the Tropics… Plus Your Father’s Day Forecast – FOX10 News | WALA

June 18, 2017

We are focused on the tropics as a tropical disturbance is showing signs of gradual development in the Western Caribbean. It’s a very broad area of low pressure which is important for the models. Until it creates a closed area of low pressure it will be hard for the models to get a handle on where it’s going. Sunday morning they’re spreading a landfall from South Texas to the Big Bend of Florida mid to late week.

via Tracking the Tropics… Plus Your Father’s Day Forecast – FOX10 News | WALA.

Tropical storm possible in the Gulf in next few days | AL.com

June 18, 2017

Could the Gulf have its first tropical storm of the year soon?

It appeared increasingly likely, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters on Saturday evening said a large area of disturbed weather in the northwest Caribbean — Invest 93L – was showing signs of organization and would “likely” become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm early next week after it moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

via Tropical storm possible in the Gulf in next few days | AL.com.

Extension of Federal Red Snapper Season Announced | Outdoor Alabama

June 17, 2017

MONTGOMERY – The United States Department of Commerce today announced an extension of the federal red snapper season. Governor Ivey was notified yesterday evening of the decision.

“I am proud to report that President Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have granted my request to extend the federal red snapper season. The announcement comes after twice last week, once through a letter and once in person while at the White House, I asked President Trump to add to the season,” Governor Kay Ivey said.

via Extension of Federal Red Snapper Season Announced | Outdoor Alabama.

Anglers praise feds for extending red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA

June 17, 2017

Recreational fishermen were able to head into federal waters again Friday, June 16, 2017 to fish for red snapper.  That’s because of a change in the season dates announced by NOAA earlier this week.  The ruling allows for fishing for red snapper Fridays through Sundays from now through Labor Day weekend.

Recreational red snapper fishermen have been through the gamut of emotions this year.  The shortest federal season ever of just three days sparked outrage and prompted elected officials from the local and state level to demand more days from the feds.  One of those pushing the issue was US Congressman, Bradley Byrne.  In a statement to Fox 10 News he said it took cooperation from all five gulf states to make it happen.

via Anglers praise feds for extending red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA.

Tropical storm possible in the Gulf in next few days | AL.com

June 17, 2017

Could the Gulf have its first tropical storm of the year soon?

It appeared increasingly likely, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters on Saturday said a large area of disturbed weather in the northwest Caribbean could gradually organize into a tropical depression by early next week after it moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

via Tropical storm possible in the Gulf in next few days | AL.com.

Red snapper season extension begins | WPMI

June 16, 2017

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — According to anglers, it is very easy to catch red snapper.

And this year the federal government only allowed red snapper season to be three days long, which was the shortest season on record.

We have heard how Congressmen Bradley Byrne and others were urging the department of commerce to extend the season because the federal government’s decision was based on flawed data.

via Red snapper season extension begins | WPMI.

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