GOMAEEN News Archive
These stories reflect Gulf news from June 2009 forward.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87
|Trio Kayaks the Mississippi River for Charity |
They're called team What About Blue? And with each stroke, they're trying to raise awareness about global water issues.
|Multi-state water quality trading effort launched |
American Farmland Trust is teaming up with Electric Power Research Institute, the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission, Duke Energy, American Electric Power, Kieser and Associates, Hunton and Williams, The Miami Conservancy District, University of California at Santa Barbara, Ohio Farm Bureau, Hoosier Rural Electric Cooperative and Tennessee Valley Authority to establish a water quality trading market across the Ohio River Basin, an area that spans 14 states.
|A&M researchers to study Gulf ‘dead zone’|
Oceanographer Steve DiMarco of Texas A&M University has been awarded a five-year, $3.7 million grant to try to better predict the size and location of the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone.” “This year’s forecast, which did not do a very good job of predicting the actual size of the dead zone, underscores the importance of our research at Texas A&M,” DiMarco said. “Unraveling the complex system of processes that create dead zones will lead us in the direction of better predictions.”
|First phase of new N.O. surge barrier done|
have finished the first phase of a massive barrier closing Mr. Go, the canal connecting New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Canal, MR-GO or Mr. Go for short, gave storm surge a shortcut during Hurricane Katrina, spurring calls to block the 44-year-old waterway. Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed driving 1,271 140-foot concrete pilings into the mud and clay under Mr. Go, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.
|Obama promises New Orleans he's just getting Started|
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|Panel: Gulf, river interdependent|
The health of the Gulf of Mexico depends on, and is interdependent with, the health and management of the Mississippi River Delta and coastal Louisiana, speakers told the federal Ocean Policy Task Force on Monday.
Robert Twilley, professor with the department of oceanography and coastal sciences at LSU, said the aggressive loss of wetlands in Louisiana needs to be met with an equally aggressive adaptation of how the river is managed.
|Mote scientists to travel to Cuba|
Seven scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory are meeting in Havana with Cuban and Mexican counterparts to discuss mutual environmental and ecological concerns in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said this week.
|Terrebonne, Lafourche among most vulnerable climates|
A new study on climate change says Terrebonne and Lafourche are among the most vulnerable, and best prepared, communities on the Gulf of Mexico coast.
|Fisherman Reeling From New Oyster Ban Proposal |
Fishermen and state agricultural officials are reeling from a new proposal from the federal government to place a ban on raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico for six months of the year.
|Endangered turtle stranded by Ike back in Gulf |
An endangered sea turtle that apparently was washed miles inshore by Hurricane Ike and spent months trapped in a land-locked pond in southwest Louisiana was released back into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.
|Mississippi turning: A river with a life of its own |
It is a river with a life of its own and attempts to domesticate it for the good of industry have so far failed. Now, says Daniel Howden, the stakes are higher than ever
|Study: The Big Muddy can save coastal Louisiana |
A study released Tuesday estimates that there is enough sediment in the Mississippi River to save large areas of coastal Louisiana from sinking into the Gulf of Mexico if half of the river's muddy waters were diverted into the disappearing wetlands on either side of the river.
|Tiger shrimp sightings alarm experts |
The appearance of giant Asian tiger prawns in the Gulf of Mexico is causing alarm for Louisiana shrimpers and wildlife experts, in particular, scientists at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL). The scientists are asking fishers to report if any get caught in their nets.
|Benchmark Monterey Bay Aquarium Report Finds Future of Global Seafood|
Benchmark Monterey Bay Aquarium Report Finds Future of Global Seafood Supply
at a Turning Point
Summary: many trends positive, urgent action is needed; 'Super Green' seafood
buying list debuts
|Groups weigh in with ideas about oceans|
Officials with the Obama administration hosted a multistate public meeting for the Gulf Coast Regional Ocean Policy Task Force on Monday.
One of the four satellite teleconference sites was at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and its J.L Scott Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs to allow the public to communicate with task force officials.
The two-hour meeting was broadcast live from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans and is the fifth regional public meeting held since the task force was created.
|Shell donates $450K to protect La.'s marine life|
Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham says the money will help create "amazing fishing opportunities for charter boat captains, recreational and commercial fishermen," through the state's artificial reef program.
|Gulf of Mexico concerns aired as key federal officials visit New Orleans|
Several high-level Obama administration officials heard more than three hours worth of testimony Monday from environmental groups, fishing organizations, scientists and the oil and gas industry about development of a national policy aimed at protecting the oceans and streamlining government management.
|Drilling’s benefits unproven to Florida|
The fine series of articles by the Herald-Tribune’s Jeremy Wallace and Zac Anderson place the problem in the proper perspective: Opening the eastern Gulf of Mexico to drilling is an environmental question, not an economic one, and soon to be a political one. The articles carried Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 correctly depict the lineups of various political groups for and against the drilling question.
|Fuel Oil Is Spilled Into Gulf of Mexico |
More than 18,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled Tuesday night when two ships collided in the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles southeast of Galveston, Tex.
|Close-Up on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab|
Leaving the heat outside and submerging into the cool, mystifying atmosphere of the Estuarium may be the closest some kids ever get to marine creatures of so many kinds and colors. At the huge and elaborate ocean science consortium known as the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the 11-year-old Estuarium is its showcase, education center and underwater wonderland.
|Gulf Coast Research Lab promotes stewardship|
"What we're trying to do today is give some people some help in being good stewards for their coastal environment," said Chris Snyder of the Gulf Coast Research Lab. "As coastal residents we all have a responsibility to do what we can to both understand and to manage the use and the quality of our environment."
|Economy stalls fundraising for proposed arts, nature center|
An island group’s plans called for a performing arts pavilion that would overlook the Gulf of Mexico. They also called for a nature center with a small aquarium that would showcase marine wildlife.
|Miss. to host cleanup summit|
Mississippi was selected to host next year's summit of a multi-state task force aimed at cleaning up the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. The state accepted the invitation by the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force, a group challenged with lowering nutrient levels in the river as a way to repair a 7,000-square-mile dead zone hovering off the coast of Louisiana. The meeting will be in Tunica next September.
|College Biology Students Spend Week At Sea|
Biology students from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi departed from Port Aransas Sunday to spend a week at sea studying the banks of South Texas.
|Vitter seeks more study of offshore fish farming|
U.S. Sen. David Vitter wants the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to do more analysis before the Gulf of Mexico can be opened up to offshore fish farming.
|Federal scientists: Limit offshore drilling plans|
The recommendations by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are informal and not binding. But if adopted, they would restrict development in some of the nation's most resource-rich untapped offshore areas and mark a significant departure from the pro-drilling policies of the George W. Bush administration. They also give added -- and official -- weight to environmentalists' concerns.
|NOAA Announces $9 Million In Ocean Education Grants To National Aquariums|
-- NOAA today announced 11 grants totaling more than $9 million that will create new education projects in aquariums across the nation. The projects will educate visitors about the ocean and encourage better stewardship of the marine environment.
|Biologists watching 'red tide' at South Padre|
A mild “red tide” that appeared at South Padre Island this week appeared to be breaking up thanks to favorable winds, state and local marine biologists said Thursday.
|The Future of Fish Farming|
Earlier this year, a federal commission agreed to take a closer look at commercial fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico. The practice has been used overseas for generation, but domestically, there have been concerns about pollution and diseases contaminating wild fish.
|Exploring cold water corals|
It is late at night as research ship the Seward Johnson draws into harbour at Gulfport, Mississippi. There are many coral specialists on board – including Europeans collaborating with colleagues from the US. Steve W Ross: “We’ve just come in from a 12 day cruise, we’ve covered something like two or three thousand miles of ocean, and sampled coral reefs all the way from the southern Gulf of Mexico into the central Gulf using a submersible and all kinds of other gear.”