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Science

FL - Red tide impacts continue in Southwest Florida and Sarasota

Weather and health officials continue to warn about the hazards of red tide as the harmful algae bloom worsened along the Southwest Florida coast this week, particularly in Sarasota County waters.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX & LA - NOAA Hires Fugro to Monitor Shoreline Changes in Texas, Louisiana

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Fugro two mapping projects on the US Gulf Coast to monitor and quantify shoreline change in this flood-prone region.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - Department of Transportation marks the SPOT: Oil project set for Gulf exports clears Federal Hurdle

SURFSIDE BEACH — The Maritime Administration approved the Sea Port Oil Terminal project that’s been under the scrutiny of the Department of Transportation in a 94-page decision quietly released before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Eckerd College professor publishes paper on sharing research about health of Florida stone crabs

The way Philip Gravinese, Ph.D., sees it, research is important not just for what can be discovereThe way Philip Gravinese, Ph.D., sees it, research is important not just for what can be discovered but for how that information can be shared.d but for how that information can be shared.

Southeast
Local

FL - State officials look to learn lessons from Ian, as deadly hurricane season draws to an end wfit

With the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season ending next week, state officials are looking at potential changes after Florida got hit by its deadliest storm in nearly nine decades.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Ian was one of the most lethal hurricanes in decades. Many of the deaths were preventable.

Hurricane Ian illustrated the challenges of protecting densely populated waterfront communities and exposed shortcomings in how local governments respond, an NBC News investigation found.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Coral reefs near Texas may not escape greater damage from climate change

Coral reefs – indicators of overall ocean health – have fared better in the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary than many reefs elsewhere. But researchers have now concluded that could change as Gulf waters heat up.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Louisiana to receive $82 million in Gulf offshore oil and gas revenue sharing

The state of Louisiana will receive $82 million in Gulf of Mexicooffshore revenue in the next few months under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, representing the first large payment under the revenue sharing program created by Congress in 2006.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - Biden administration approves Gulf oil terminal opposed by Texas city

Federal regulators this week approved a new oil terminal in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas over the objections of local activists, who argued the move contravenes the Biden administration’s stated climate goals.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

LA - The Marine Lab in the Path of Climate Change’s Fury?

The DeFelice Marine Center sits on a strip of land that dangles into a bay. Staff is living, working, and adapting to the climate crisis in real time.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

FL - Perfect paradise: How the CIA helped fight developers eyeing Sanibel Island

Developers have had their eyes on the island for almost 200 years. Sanibel tried to kill me twice, once with riptides, the other with alligators. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the island manages to occupy a place in my heart.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

FL - Here, there, everywhere: Red tide plagues SWFL after Hurricane Ian

Red tide is blooming along coastlines from Sarasota to Collier counties, and while scientists have yet to discover what kick-starts a red tide blooms, research has proven heavy rains, storm surge, and flooding from tropical storms like Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28, 2022, wash nutrient-rich water back into the Gulf of Mexico, which can "feed" existing blooms and make them stronger, bigger, and last longer

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Texas oyster fisheries go from bad to worse

In early November, Texas Parks and Wildlife permanently closed three bays on the Gulf Coast to oyster fishing.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

GOM - Satellites cast critical eye on coastal dead zones

Scientists have found a new and better way to use remote sensing to understand where coastal dead zones are and predict changes.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - Growing storms push shrinking La. insurers into failure

More than a year after Hurricane Ida swept across Louisiana, the Category 4 storm is triggering a property-insurance crisis in the state that has bankrupted 11 insurance companies and will force some homeowners to pay annual premiums of nearly $18,000.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GOM - BOEM adapts Gulf of Mexico wind planning to central Atlantic

‍Eight proposed wind energy areas off the U.S. central Atlantic coast announced Wednesday total about 1.7 million acres, reduced from 3.9 million in the original call area outlined by the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

FL - Health officials issue Red Tide Alert for Lee County

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has issued a Health Alert for the presence of red tide blooms near Boca Grande Pass, Captiva Pass, Red Fish Pass, Buck Key near Blind Pass, and Little Bokeelia Island. This is in response to water samples taken on Nov. 14. The public should exercise caution in and around Pine Island sound and South Charlotte Harbor.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - See the ties that bind Antarctica and Louisiana through one photographer's lens

As frigid wind whipped across the ship's bow, I held the railing with one hand and steadied my camera with the other. In front of me stretched the Bellingshausen Sea, off the coast of Western Antarctica. I was there — my second journey to the region around the southernmost continent — early this year on a five-week voyage as a photographic expert aboard the National Geographic Endurance.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Shelter from the storm: Can a giant flood barrier protect Texas cities from hurricanes?

GALVESTON, TEXAS—Plans for one of the world’s biggest and most expensive flood barriers were born in a second-floor apartment here in this city on the Gulf of Mexico, as water 4 meters deep filled the street below.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

AL - Alabama gets final environmental payment tied to Deepwater Horizon tragedy

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced its final funding obligations from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) for projects in the state of Alabama, bringing its total awards from the fund to more than $356 million. The announcement caps 10 years of restoration funding undertaken by NFWF to support projects in Alabama following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - The Precarious Future of Sanibel Island

After Hurricane Ian, should the government help people rebuild, or help them leave?

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Hope in a bottle: A glass recycling project is helping Louisiana reverse the effects of coastal erosion

From a small greenhouse next to Tulane University’s Uptown campus, associate professor Sunshine Van Bael is cultivating a spark of hope. She and a team of graduate students have been observing how native Louisiana marsh plants grow in sand made from glass recycled at Glass Half Full.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - Beach rebuilding projects will benefit West End residents

I’ve lived on Galveston’s West End for the past 15 years. Yes, I chose to live beyond the seawall — and my house isn’t on stilts.So, I for one, am glad to see that the Park Board of Trustees is moving ahead with a plan to fortify beaches at Dellanera RV Park and beyond.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

GOM - Swift action could save corals from warming oceans

Ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea are on pace to surpass critical thresholds for coral health by mid-century, but rapid action to significantly reduce emissions could slow warming.

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