GOMAEEN News Archive

These stories reflect Gulf news from June 2009 forward.

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Project Jubilee classes visit DI Sea Lab

Students in Martha Montgomery’s third and fourth grade Project Jubilee classes from Daphne East Elementary School recently visited Dauphin Island Sea Lab for a field trip experience as part of their study of oceanography.
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It's back to the drawing board on red snapper

Now, more than ever, scientists, regulators and community leaders in states along the Gulf of Mexico have to have the most accurate data possible on which to base their conclusions and decisions. This is a vital part of monitoring the ecosystem, especially in the wake of the oil spill.
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ArtBeat: Nancy Raia returns to Tuscaloosa

“Since I just completed a (Gulf of Mexico Alliance) grant called ‘Squeaky Sneakers,’ the images of all the students we took to Weeks Bay to immerse (figuratively and literally) in the waters of our estuaries is flooding my mind with how much they enjoyed learning,” she says. “Plus the fact that some of these students came down here . . . to tour Dauphin Island Sea Lab. I will build on that natural curiosity and what they (saw).”


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State Department expects vindication in pipeline probe

The agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed it is launching a "special review" of the department's handling of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and National Interest Determination for the mammoth project.


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Gulf Oysters Suffer New Blow

Prolonged Algae Outbreak Delays Texas Harvest as Industry's Woes Continue .
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Florida Coral Habitat Preserved by Atkins’ Scientific Divers

Atkins’ scientific dive team has been chosen to oversee the removal and transplantation of more than 200 coral colonies living on a utility pipeline off the Florida coast in North America.
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White House responds to Orange Park man's letter to Obama

When Hailey Hatcher penned a letter asking Barack Obama to do more about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, he doubted the president would see it, much less ponder its meaning.


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Mammoth ship's arrival helps revitalize New Orleans cruise industry

Saturday's predawn arrival of the largest cruise ship to call New Orleans its home port signaled a revival in the city's cruise industry that is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors here each year, tourism officials said.


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State agency eases up on recommended pollution levels for Naples Bay

State regulators adjusted the limit for Naples Bay after the city of Naples complained that the DEP had used data that distorted the bay's current levels of nitrogen, a component of fertilizer and animal waste that can cause damaging algae blooms.


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U.S. Puts Oil Pipeline Plan In Limbo Until After 2012 Vote

A final decision on building a new oil pipeline to connect Alberta, Canada, to U.S. refineries near the Gulf of Mexico will not be made until after the 2012 presidential election, the State Department said Thursday.


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BP oil spill damage in Gulf to get broader review

"The Gulf of Mexico is a vast, complex ecosystem that provides a wealth of important ecological services -- from seafood to tourism to flood protection through its coastal wetlands," said Larry A. Mayer, chair of the committee that wrote the report and a professor of Earth science and ocean engineering at the University of New Hampshire. "It will be a challenge to assess the full scope of impacts from this spill."


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Coast Guard OKs Winding Down BP Oil Spill Cleanup

NEW ORLEANS – BP will no longer be responsible for cleaning up oil that washes up on the Gulf Coast unless officials can prove it comes from the company's well that blew out in 2010, causing the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, according to a plan approved by the Coast Guard and obtained by The Associated Press.
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Fund for Teachers Grants Now Available for Louisiana's PreK-12 Educators

Unlike other teacher grant opportunities, Fund for Teachers puts virtually no limitations on teachers' requests. Any destination or discipline is fair game, as evidenced by the 433 teachers from across America who traveled in 116 countries on 7 continents last summer. Since 2001, 4,500 teachers leveraged $15.9 million in FFT grants into global odysseys that perpetually impact students, classrooms and communities back home.

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Air Force inquiry reopens possibilities for Navarre pass

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Jim Melvin said Monday that officials at Eglin Air Force Base are interested in studying the possibility of creating a pass on base property near Navarre for military and public use.

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Clogged Collier Creek inlet on Marco to get dredged, sand to Hideaway shore area

The Marco Island City Council adopted an emergency resolution calling for a fix, and Collier County commissioners voted last week to hire a dredging company to do the job
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Coastal homes lack flood insurance because of maps

The reason: The maps underlying the nation's flood insurance program do not account for direct hurricane strikes, which can cause catastrophic flooding. Instead, they rely on the average risk of flooding over a long period.


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Bayou La Batre seafood workers consider new careers in wake of oil spill

Funded by a portion of a $1.7 million U.S. Department of Labor emergency grant for programs in Mobile and Baldwin counties, the center offers career counseling and pays for tuition in welding, nurse’s assistant, maritime labor and truck driving courses.


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Digital tools pump up tourism

Indeed, some of the region's major companies have enlisted specialists who use sophisticated digital tools to blog, tweet and post - seemingly 24/7.

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Gulf Oil Spill Photographs Show Man's Influence On Environment

. For this series of photographs, I spent two months in the Gulf on assignment for Greenpeace photographing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These photographs explore the tenseness of the situation in the Gulf of Mexico as the oil seeps into an already challenged and complex ocean ecosystem. Though tragic, it is a fitting example of the vast scale of transformation our world is under from man-made stresses.


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Potential Impacts of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

In the meantime, the production of goods and services by economic sectors located in the GOM states will be adversely affected leading to possible reduction in the levels of economic activity, employment and personal income, and tax revenues.


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Cousteau family speaks at environmental conference

"I see this as our generation's space race, to protect the water treasures that are not half a world away, but in our own backyards," Alexandra, Cousteau's granddaughter, said.
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Vote to Help Manatees!

Canterbury School students are raising baby redfish to release in Tampa Bay, growing sea vegetables to feed injured manatees being rehabilitated at Lowry Park Hospital, and helping restore coastal wetlands.
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Oceanographer stresses importance of protecting world's seas

"We need the ocean," she said. "The ocean delivers most of the oxygen in the atmosphere, holds the planet steady, has most of the water, most of the life. If we fail to take care of the ocean, it's ourselves, not just turtles, that are at risk."
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NOAA Chief: The Climate Crisis the Media is Missing

The topic was oceans, and when moderator Nancy Baron of the science education group, COMPASS asked the scientists to “Tell us how it is, really,” panelist and top NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco said that rapidly rising acidity in the ocean is a “huge challenge.”
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New Study to Develop Tech to Clean Up Oil Spills

Funding was provided by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, which was set up by oil company BP to administer a $500 million fund it established for independent research over 10 years to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and how to better deal with future spills.


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Sea turtle, beach meet, golf tourney

Shelly Yates, a spokeswoman for the Gulfarium, said the release will provide an educational opportunity for children. Gulfarium officials will be on hand to answer questions.

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Goliath grouper's comeback creates conflict


To help solve the conflict, scientists Christopher Koenig and Felica Coleman of Florida State University are beginning a 3-year study to document the goliath's recovery and figure out whether it makes sense to allow anglers to catch and keep them.



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Run-off, emissions deliver double whammy to coastal marine creatures

Their findings will be published in the November 2011 issue of Nature Geoscience. The researchers determined the combined effects of fertilizer runoff carried by the Mississippi River to the northern Gulf of Mexico and excess atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels result in an unexpected increase in the acidity of Gulf waters.
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Study: Gulf Seafood Unsafe for Pregnant Women and Children?

At issue are what the FDA considers safe levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), compounds found in oil, coal and gasoline that have been linked to cancer in animals and humans. According to Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, a researcher with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the FDA accepts 100 to 10,000 times more PAH contamination in seafood than the NRDC deems safe for vulnerable populations.




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Prospect.2: Leveling Out

“Below Sea Level” is also a living thing, appropriate considering its subject matter. Wotjasik has shot footage of the BP oil spill and plans to integrate it into the 38-minute piece during the course of Prospect.2. The installation is respectful – perhaps to a fault – but it’s also a gently effective piece of environmental activism, reminding people what’s at stake if the Louisiana Wetlands aren’t preserved.


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