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15 11, 2017

Protecting wildlife on the Alabama coast

By |November 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Sea turtle nesting season may be coming to a close, but there are plenty of other wild creatures on the Alabama coast that need our protection.

The most basic thing you can do to help is be sure to remove trash and gear from the beach. Birds can mistake wrappers or plastic containers for food. While we’re talking about those seagulls, herons and other birds on the beach, please don’t feed them. It’s dangerous for them and for other visitors.

Keeping plastic […]

8 11, 2017

Alabama coast spared the wrath of an eventful hurricane season

By |November 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

We’re coming to the end of an eventful hurricane season. Fortunately, the Alabama coast has been spared this year, but the same can’t be said of our neighbors in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas.

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season rivaled any on record. The season included more than 13 named storms, five of which were major hurricanes that were Category 3 or stronger. Of course, you know the worst of those: Harvey that flooded the Texas coast; Irma that destroyed Caribbean […]

1 11, 2017

Recycling efforts come to the Alabama Coastal Cleanup

By |November 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

We want to give a big shout-out to the thousands of volunteers who converged at check-in sites across South Alabama on Sept. 16 for the 30th year of the Alabama Coastal Cleanup. It’s an incredible effort by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, municipalities, business sponsors and volunteers to keep our coastal areas and waterways clean.

Organizers partnered with TerraCycle and Thompson Engineering to include recycling in this year’s cleanup. Volunteers received two bags – one for trash, one […]

25 10, 2017

Sea turtle nesting season ends

By |October 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Alabama sea turtle nesting season is coming to an end. By the end of October, thousands of hatchlings will have made their way to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

We appreciate all the volunteers and visitors who kept an eye out for nests and tracks during visits to the beach. Let’s be honest: there are not many things that match the feeling of watching dozens of the little guys waddling their way through the sand to the […]

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 […]