A month later after the tragic oil rig explosion and consequential oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, all eyes still remain on the movement of the oil and the potential impact on the coastline.
A good traveler is an informed traveler, so it’s important to stay current with latest information
on the spill.
Understandably, there’s been concern on how this spill is affecting Gulf Coast seafood and recreational boating, two industries that are extremely to the area. Currently, NOAA has extended
the closure of the federal waters within the loop current that may be affected. This accounts
for about 18 percent, leaving roughly 81 percent of the Gulf federal waters open. According to the report, this doesn’t disturb costal fisheries.
Since Louisiana may be more directly in the directional path of the oil spill, they aren’t taking any chances and have issued various closures
. However, to date, the seafood remains safe.
Taking further precautionary steps, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Commissioner, Charles Bronson and Chairman Rodney Barreto with Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced
early opening for summer oyster harvesting. By doing moving the date to 11 days earlier, this allows for ample time for work along Apalachicola Bay in case
the oil spill does affect the area.
Sites to Bookmark
Deepwater Horizon has issued an informative one-page guide
on what to do if you come across any tar balls or mousse on the beaches.
Save Our Gulf
provides an unique insight into the spill and control of the spill. A part of Waterkeeper Alliance, the site features updates on what the Gulf Coast waterkeepers are doing to protect the waters and their communities. View videos, keep up with the Twitter feed and more.
Gulf Restoration Network
is another place for news on the oil spill, and has information on how you can take action.
Mote Marine Laboratory includes updated information
on the spill, their response and a Beach Conditions Report
. Regarding the Beach Conditions Report, you can even signup to receive emails on the condition of certain beaches.
The Galveston Bay (Texas) Foundation is accepting applications for volunteers
. While there’s no impact now, they want to be prepare to mobilize immediately in the event the oil spill affects the area.
Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, Fla.) is registering those interested in volunteering
if/when a response to cleaning is needed. Do know that some positions need special certification.
And don’t forget, destinations like the Mississippi Gulf Coast
, Alabama’s Gulf Coast
, Pensacola, Fla
.,the Beaches of South Walton
and Key West, Fla
., are open for business and look forward to hosting you during your (many) beach trips this summer.
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