GOMAEEN News Archive

These stories reflect Gulf news from June 2009 forward.

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Tiles, Farms and the Dead Zone

These include: restoring wetlands, where possible; growing cover crops to absorb water in the spring, when runoff is heaviest; different methods of applying fertilizer; and even methods of treating the runoff before it reaches creeks and rivers. Sacrificing life in the gulf for corn in the fields is a trade-off that has to stop.
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A sensible move to protect fish stocks

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published the proposed rule Monday. Starting Jan. 1, it would ban recreational anglers from taking gag grouper from federal waters, which begin 9 miles off the coast, for up to 180 days.
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DHH Reopens 2 Oyster Harvest Areas

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says oyster harvesting areas 12 and 13, originally closed May 20, will reopen at daybreak Tuesday.


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Plaquemines Parish continues mopping up from BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Crews in Plaquemines Parish have collected thousands of gallons of oil-water from parish waterways and filled thousands more bags of oily waste and tar balls from parish shorelines in the last two months, the parish said in a news release today.


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Microbes in the Gulf May Eat More Gas than Previously Thought

Six months ago — just before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill — a team of researchers studied the methane consuming microbes that live deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and found that they consume up to 100 times more gas than previously thought.
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Tropical Storm Richard forms in Caribbean, could threaten Florida

The biggest threat to the west coast of Florida this hurricane season became Tropical Storm Richard on Thursday and experts expect it to become a hurricane by the weekend.


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33 endangered, threatened sea turtles released into Gulf waters

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Audubon Nature Institute freed the turtles Thursday in waters about 40 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana.


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Baldwin poised to deal with stormwater runoff

There has been a lot of talk about Baldwin County Local Amendment 1, which — if approved by the voters on Nov. 2 — will give the county’s legislative delegation the ability to create a countywide public corporation for financing stormwater management.


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Gulf Shores student effort aimed at cleaner water

The Citizens’ Enviro-nmental Organization, nicknamed “CEOs,” is selling Vapur water bottles with a label designed by the students and funds supporting clean water sources for the one billion people living in water-stressed areas around the world.


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GCRL museum receives National Science Foundation grant

The National Science Foundation awarded Southern Miss’ Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Natural History Museum a $190,000 RAPID grant to catalogue invertebrate specimens from the northern Gulf of Mexico and make that data available online

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Investing in Civic Education about Climate Change: What Should Be the Goals?

On Thursday, the National Academies will be holding the second in a series of roundtable events on climate change education. Registration is open to the public.


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Adding Risk to the Emergency Management Equation

Effective risk education includes three things: the potential for an extreme event; how your group is specifically vulnerable if the event were to occur; and what you can do about it now to reduce your risks. Physical scientists will often focus only on the potential for the extreme event. However, discussing the potential for extreme events in isolation may create a feeling that these events and their impacts are inevitable. Effective risk messaging involves discussing uncontrollable events that have controllable consequences.
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Oceans, the Five Seas on DVD/Blu-ray

Disney & Nature: Preserving the World We Share – Viewers get a deeper look into the conservation projects around the world being sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.

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How NOAA quickly developed an in-depth view of gulf oil spill

When the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon undersea oil well sent millions of gallons of oil spewing from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico April 20, the various responding agencies were pretty well set up to coordinate their response. But getting information to the public and scientific community was another matter.
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Scientists Sniff-Test Gulf Seafood

In the wake of the BP oil spill, scientists from a U.S. government lab in Pascagoula, Mississippi, are using a low-tech tool to analyze seafood from the Gulf of Mexico—the human sense of smell. Likening the sniff-testers to wine tasters, researchers say the nose can catch warning signs that chemical tests may miss.
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Tennessee Aquarium Launches Two New Web Cameras

The Tennessee Aquarium’s largest exhibit, the Secret Reef, offers 26 windows for viewing marine creatures found in the Gulf of Mexico’s Flower Garden Banks, one of 13 National Marine Sanctuaries.
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Watershed issue means dollars

The Baldwin County Watershed Coalition began in 2008 when 12 of the 13 municipalities in Baldwin County joined together to try to do something about the watersheds throughout the county that could not be handled by the municipalities or Baldwin County due to jurisdiction and monetary restraints.


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State conservationist praises urban wetland

State Conservationist Jane Hardisty visited the John Craddock Wetland Nature Preserve on Thursday to thank local officials for their efforts to improve water quality, not only here but in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Already Critically Endangered, bluefin tuna hit hard by BP oil disaster

Given the perilous state of bluefin tuna worldwide, the US National Marine Fisheries Service announced in September, following the BP oil spill, that it would consider listing the species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Enviros ask EPA to review use of oil dispersants

Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to write rules on how chemical dispersants can be used in future oil spills.


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Research Underway in Corpus Christi Helping in BP Gulf Oil Spill

Scientists at the world renowned Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are assessing the damage caused by the B.P. oil spill; taking samples of mud and water to determine where the oil is, and if it's toxic or not.
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Gulf Coast restoration delayed is justice denied

Two weeks ago, the Obama administration urged Congress to adopt the recommendations for long-term Gulf restoration contained in a report delivered by Navy Secretary and former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus. The recommendations included creating a Gulf Coast Recovery Fund, funded with a "significant amount" of BP fine money. Under the Clean Water Act, BP will pay a per-barrel penalty for oil it spilled into the Gulf’s blue waters, onto the wetlands and barrier islands.


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US launches drive to clean oiled Gulf beaches this year

"We've developed a couple of mechanical devices, one's called "The Sand Shark," that can reach up to a meter (3.3 feet) deep into a recreational beach," Zukunft said. "It leaves sand in place but it removes that tar from the sand column."


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Oil cleanup not over in Louisiana's Bay Jimmy

Much of the Gulf Coast has returned to normalcy since the Macondo well 50 miles offshore of Louisiana was permanently capped last month, ending the worst marine oil spill in U.S. history. But in marshy areas such as Bay Jimmy, where the oil had some of its strongest impact, the fight against the crude onslaught continues, even as fewer workers fight it.


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Peregrine Falcons Checked For Gulf Oil Taint

All three species have since been removed from the federal endangered list, but scientists are concerned that some migrating Peregrine falcons passing through the Gulf from their nesting grounds in Alaska and Greenland may be affected by remnants of the oil spill.


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Scientists Lower Gulf Health Grade

The Associated Press initial survey in July asked Gulf scientists to give the region and several categories baseline grades for ecosystem health before the spill. The scale was 0 to 100, with 0 being dead and 100 being pristine. Seventy-five responded and the overall grade averaged 71, a respectable C.
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NOAA webcasts corals research to nation's classrooms live from undersea lab

The wonders of coral reefs and life thriving below the sea will be broadcast live on the Web to classrooms and communities nationwide during a NOAA science and education mission at Aquarius Reef Base, the world's only undersea research station, located within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The 10-day mission starts today.
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Volunteers sought for weekend Coastal Cleanup event

Mississippi Coastal Cleanup organizers are still seeking volunteers for the Saturday event, which will focus on inland areas and waterways this year.


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EPA Awards $2.4 million to Restore Coastal Habitats in the Gulf

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $2.4 million to revitalize coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP), and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) are the grant recipients. They will use the money to restore land lost in areas where commercial and industrial development has decreased natural areas causing habitat loss and land degradation.

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Many Birds Still Face Threats From Gulf Oil

Six months after the start of the BP oil spill, the Audubon Society reports that many species of migratory birds and shorebirds face continuing threats from oil and tar balls. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Audubon's chief scientist Tom Bancroft about the new study.

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