Remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey expected to reform in Gulf of Mexico
Posted on 8/22/2017 12:10:00 PM.
Forecasters says there’s an excellent chance the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey will reform in the Gulf of Mexico and head towards the Texas coast this week. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the system is over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and moving into the Bay of Campeche.
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Researchers find Gulf of Mexico has high concentration of microplastics
Posted on 8/14/2017 4:00:00 AM.

Researchers found the Gulf of Mexico is home to some of the highest concentrations of microplastic in the world. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a well-known area in the central Pacific where plastic accumulates because of the current.
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Researchers says new approaches are needed to shrink dead zone
Posted on 8/4/2017 5:19:00 AM.

Researchers say bold new approaches need to be taken to shrink the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Eugene Turner co-authored a report on the oxygen-deprived area that cannot support marine life. He says a lot of nitrate is coming down the Mississippi River from agricultural land use.
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This year's dead zone biggest ever measured
Posted on 8/2/2017 4:09:00 PM.

This year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is the biggest one yet. LSU scientist Nancy Rabalais says the oxygen-depleted region is about 8,800 square miles, which is about the size of New Jersey. She says many of the stations, especially those close to the shore, were close to no oxygen.
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Recreational anglers say environmental group lawsuit over red snapper season is flawed
Posted on 7/18/2017 1:45:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
A recreational fisherman's group in Louisiana calls the lawsuit filed by two environmental organizations over the extended red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico ridiculous. The suit claims the additional fishing time puts red snapper recovery at risk.
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Dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico expected to be the biggest ever
Posted on 7/18/2017 2:45:00 AM.

This summer’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to be the largest ever and Louisiana aquatic life will suffer most burden of the effects. LSU Professor of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences Nancy Rabalais says an increased load of nitrates were carried by the Mississippi River during the spring leading to the hypoxia, or dead zone. She says this is a lack of oxygen in the water.
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Gulf of Mexico brown shrimp harvest expected to be productive
Posted on 7/12/2017 3:39:00 AM.

It looks as though with year will be a good one for the brown shrimp harvest in the Gulf of Mexico. According to NOAA’s annual forecast, the harvest is expected to yield 44.2 million pounds, which is above the predicted value for the last two years. Dr. Rick Hart with the National Marine Fisheries Service says many factors in the water are adding up to lead to a productive season.
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Analyst not expecting great results from proposed Gulf of Mexico lease sale
Posted on 3/7/2017 1:19:00 PM.

The U.S. Department of the Interior announces they will offer 73 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico up for sale for exploration in the oil and gas industry. Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute Eric Smith does not expect energy companies to have much interest.
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Flesh-eating bacteria found in the Gulf of Mexico
Posted on 6/28/2016 5:05:00 AM.

Many people are likely to be out on the water for the 4th of July holiday but should be cautious because the flesh-eating bacteria, vibrio, has been found along the Gulf of Mexico coast stretching from Texas to the Florida panhandle.
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Scientists in the Gulf studying effects of Shell oil spill
Posted on 5/16/2016 5:35:00 PM.

Scientists are in the Gulf of Mexico studying the effects of the 88,000 gallon oil spill from a Shell oil field. Florida State University Oceanographer Ian MacDonald says they want to find out what’s going to happen to that oil as it starts to decompose in the water and the impacts it has on marine life. He says the leak is now contained but they observed oil still remains on the surface.
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