18 10, 2017

How you can help protect the Alabama coast

By |October 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

You love visiting the beautiful Alabama beaches for a vacation, so why not help protect it even when you’re back home?

You can do that when you use environmentally-friendly practices all year long. Check out these small choices that can make a difference by reducing your carbon footprint.

First, use canvas bags instead of plastic ones when you shop at a grocery store or dollar store. Shoppers use 500 billion (that’s billion with a “b”) plastic bags each year. It’s estimated that […]

11 10, 2017

What makes our waters great for oysters

By |October 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Don’t you just love oysters? Baked, grilled, steamed or raw, you can’t beat the flavor of a dozen fresh Gulf oysters.

It’s crucial for the industry that we keep our local waters clean. You help in that effort when you pick up your trash and use environmentally-friendly boating practices. The warm, brackish waters of Mobile Bay, Navy Cove, Portersville Bay and other places make a perfect growing spot for oyster farms. When cultivated well, our waters produce plump and briny delicacies.

There […]

4 10, 2017

How to know you are buying Gulf seafood

By |October 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

With the 46th National Shrimp Festival coming up Oct. 12-15, it’s a good time to talk about the Alabama seafood industry.

Shrimping in state waters became industrialized in the early 1800s when shrimp were preserved with ice and distributed throughout the state by train. Today, thousands of people are still involved in the process of catching, processing and transporting shrimp.

Alabama seafood is now a $660 million industry involving the harvest of shrimp, blue crab, oysters and a variety of fish. When […]

27 09, 2017

Say no to the straw

By |September 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Little things can make a big difference. Take, for example, the simple plastic straw. We all use them, sometimes multiple times a day. You pretty much have to make it a point to say you don’t want a straw in the drive-thru line or at a restaurant.

In fact, it is estimated that each day consumers use 500 million straws. That’s enough to fill more than 46,400 school buses each year with straws. Statistics show each person in the United States […]

20 09, 2017

Recycling program improves water quality, helps oysters grow

By |September 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Do you ever wonder what happens to those shells after you finish off a dozen oysters at your favorite seafood restaurant?

Many of those eateries are taking part in an oyster recycling program started last year by the Alabama Coastal Foundation and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Republic Services collects the shells that would have previously been thrown away and delivers them to a site where they are stored outside. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources then loads them onto barges and puts […]

13 09, 2017

Use these tips to pack for your fall beach vacation

By |September 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Planning a fall getaway to the Alabama coast? Knowing Leave Only Footprints regulations before you head our way can help you enjoy your beach vacation even more.

Leaving gear like tents, chairs and umbrellas on the beach overnight is now prohibited in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Any items left overnight will get picked up and disposed of by crews. You don’t want that to happen, but you still want to make it easy to get your gear out and in […]

6 09, 2017

Alabama Coastal Cleanup by the numbers with a list of zones

By |September 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Alabama Coastal Cleanup is just around the corner on Sept. 16. It’s the largest annual effort to keep those beautiful beaches clean, and you’re invited to help.
Check out this list to get an idea of what the Cleanup accomplishes:
83,000:            Number of volunteers who have participated since 1989

1.5 million:     Pounds of trash removed from Alabama coastline and waterways

639,361:          Cigarette butts removed

189,610:          Plastic bottles picked up

102,981:          Plastic bags collected
Want to help? Here is the list of […]

23 08, 2017

Help clean the beach during the Alabama Coastal Cleanup

By |August 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Want to help keep the coast clean? Be a part of the massive Alabama Coastal Cleanup effort held on Sept. 16. Over the past 30 years, 83,000 volunteers have removed more than 1.5 million pounds of trash from our beautiful coastline and waterways.

The first step is to look at the online calendar for times and contact a zone captain in your area to register. But if you don’t register in advance, no worries. Those zones have check-in sites around the […]

16 08, 2017

Four things to know about sea turtle nesting season

By |August 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

If you are a regular visitor to the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “sea turtle nesting season.” So, just what is it, and what does it mean for beachgoers?

Here’s what you need to know. Each year from July to October, thousands of sea turtles make their way to our beaches where they lay eggs. Last year, 22,240 eggs were laid. However, only 14,105 of those hatchlings made their way to the warm gulf waters to embark […]

9 08, 2017

Learn to be Dolphin SMART

By |August 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

You love dolphins, right? We all do. They are beautiful, playful and graceful creatures that you can see from the beach or up close while boating. Visitors love watching dolphins rollicking in the waves.

We need to be smart, however, in how we interact with dolphins in order to protect them. A program called Dolphin SMART provides guidelines for all of us to safely view dolphins and protect their habitat. The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits harassment, hunting, capturing, killing or […]