Good afternoon everyone! It has been a stormy day in Ft. Morgan so much so that it has been unsafe for me to be on the beach taking photos today. It seems like it is clearing a bit so I will try to get some photos up from the beach in a bit. For now I wanted to post some fishing pictures from one of our friends who lives out here in Ft. Morgan, Shane. He was determined to go fishing for the start of snapper season. These photos were taken the 1st day of snapper season which I believe was the 1st. Don’t loose heart all of you fishermen and women we are still making some great catches of oil free fish.
Right now off of our cost we have at least 60 vessels skimming the oil that is found. It is still so far out that we can’t see these boats. We are thrilled and impressed with the response of the Coast Guard and our local fishermen that have been put to work in this effort to protect our beaches!
Thanks for checking in with us I will get the answers to your comments asap!!!!
- As of this morning, no oil has reached the beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Ft. Morgan. The extent of that impact is unknown and this is only a forecast. Like the weather forecast, it is subject to change. See the current NOAA map and forecast here and check back frequently for changing conditions.
- No health advisories or closings have been issued for our beaches or the waters off Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan at this point.
- The City of Gulf Shores has contractors working to lay protective berm across Little Lagoon Pass, preparing in advance of any oil to preserve the waters and habitats of Little Lagoon.
- Perdido Pass is open. At this time, there is no announcement from state officials regarding closing the pass to recreational or commercial boat traffic. Ono Island has closed its canals and harbor. Ono Island is privately owned and the decision was made by their private neighborhood association, not any government agency.
- NOAA has extended the limit of the closed fishing area to the line where federal waters meet Alabama state waters. To view a map of the closed area, go to https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.
- All appropriate protective measures, including oil-absorbing booms, are being placed along beaches, bays, inlets, and sensitive areas in an effort to keep oil from reaching Alabama’s shoreline. National, state and local response teams are deployed at sites along the coast to deal with local effects.
- We will continue to monitor the situation and post information pertinent to our local area here as it become available.
- For detailed information about the entire incident, visit the NOAA (https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/) or Deepwater Horizon (www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com) response sites.