Gulf of Mexico

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Regulators say catch limits for red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico will stay at this year's levels indefinitely.

This year's catch limits and targets were about 60% lower than 2018 levels. They were cut after 2017 landings came in at their lowest level in recent years and fishers reported seeing fewer legal-sized red grouper.

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An $18 million partnership between the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Cameron Parish Police Jury to add three additional miles of unique rock breakwaters to the shoreline that protects the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish has been announced by Governor John Bel Edwards.

Tropical Storm Barry Forms In Gulf, Could Become Hurricane

Jul 11, 2019
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Tropical Storm Barry formed off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday and threatened to blow ashore as a hurricane with drenching rains that could test the flood-control improvements made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina 14 years ago.

Forecasters said the first hurricane of the Atlantic season could hit the state's swampy southern tip on Friday, with the biggest danger posed not by the wind but by downpours that could go on for hours.

Tropical Weather Updates

Jul 11, 2019
NASA

STATE AGENCY UPDATES

Louisiana National Guard

  • Nearly 3,000 Louisiana National Guard soldiers remain deployed around the state and ready to assist in emergency response situations. 

Department of Transportation and Development

  • Motorist Assistance Patrol trucks will continue extended 24-hour operations on US 90 between Lafayette and Houma. 

Louisiana State Police

LUMCOM

Scientists recently returned from their annual cruise to measure hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. An area of hypoxia, often called a 'dead zone', is where oxygen levels drop under a critical threshold below which marine life cannot survive.

 

From July 22 - 28, they mapped an area of low oxygen that was 2,720 square miles, about the size of Delaware and smaller than predicted. This is well below the 5,770 square mile average from 2014 - 2018 and only a third the size of the largest hypoxic zone ever measured, which was 8,776 square miles in July 2017.

Feds: Gulf States Manage Red Snapper Anglers For 2 Years

Apr 18, 2018
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The federal government says states on the Gulf of Mexico can run their own seasons in both state and federal waters for anglers going after red snapper, a popular catch that's still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing.

A Commerce Department news release Tuesday says Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas all received two-year experimental permits to manage the seasons and to test data collection.The department says each state will set its own private recreational season this year and next, closing each season when its quota is reached.

Tropical Storm Nate May Impact Louisiana

Oct 5, 2017
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Tropical Storm Nate is along the Nicaragua coast, but it’s expected to keep heading north and be a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.  National Hurricane Specialist Robbie Berg says a landfall along the Gulf Coast is likely on Sunday.

Berg says there is a complex steering pattern that will guide the system towards the United States.

Berg says Nate will also be interacting with land as it crawls along the Nicaraguan and Honduras coast, plus it may go over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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A tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico has many Louisianans worried. Invest 93L has a 80% chance of growing into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 5 days and an 80% chance in the next 48 hours.  The storm would be named Cindy if it develops.

Bayoustateweather.com meteorologist Don Wheeler says we need to keep an eye on this system.

“Should the storm continue on its present track it will be off the Louisiana coast Wednesday morning.”

Area of Low Pressure Forming in the Gulf

Sep 15, 2016
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There is an area of cloudiness in the northwestern part of the Gulf of Mexico that has a chance of forming into a tropical storm. 

While that chance may be as low as ten percent, residents along the Gulf should still keep their eyes open for the storm heading their way.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida the storm is likely to move northwest towards Texas within the next couple of days.