The Obama administration has approved plans for underwater blasts to test for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. Marine ecologists say the plans will compound an already noise polluted ocean. Leila Hatch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told a Savannah audience that noise is bombarding marine life.
Fresh drinking water is becoming an issue on the Georgia coast. State officials are studying a potential new source. The Environmental Protection Division is looking at the deep Cretaceous aquifer because the shallower Floridan aquifer can't take any more pumping. But water from the Cretaceous aquifer is more expensive to reach. One study will look at new technologies designed to make it cheaper.
Fisheries managers now have a manual for fighting an ecological disaster in the Atlantic Ocean. The invasive lionfish has taken hold on the East Coast and threatens to kill commercially important fish like grouper and snapper.
US Army Corps of Engineers officials are studying the environmental impacts of dredging Georgia's 161-mile part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The ICW is a natual and manmade highway for boats strerching from Maine to Florida. Like Interstate 95, it brings business to the coast. That's why supporters would like more than study.
Brunswick city officials are getting tired of paying to raise sunken and abandoned shrimp boats. Two years after paying about $70,000 to raise a derelict trawler at the city dock, last month another one sank. Taxpayers end up footing the bill when shrimpers can't maintain their boats and can't insure or sell them.
A coastal-area environmental group and five public agencies have come together to clear up confusion about fish advisories in the Brunswick area. The partnership aims to put in one place the myriad advice fishermen receive about which fish to eat, where to catch them and how much is too much. State officials produce a 60 page book on the topic.
A legal settlement over endangered sea turtles in the Pacific could be a sign of things to come in the Atlantic. Conservation groups recently agreed with the National Marine Fisheries Management Service over new rules to protect the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. In the Atlantic, the same groups are petitioning the same officials for rules to protect the threatened Atlantic loggerhead.
Federal fisheries managers have cancelled plans to ban bottom-fishing off Georgia's coast. The plan effectively would have closed many commercial fishing operations in a bid to save the over-fished red snapper. But some fishermen still aren't happy.
Even though the Japanese earthquake occured on the other side of the world, it still registered as massive to Georgians monitoring the earth. One geologist on the Georgia coast says, the earthquake's massive tidal wave likewise will be measured in oceans all over the world -- if only barely.
The whale appeared to be behaving normally, but researchers say, not many whales survive such wounds. There are only about 450 right whales in existence. They give birth in southern coastal waters but often find themselves in the path of ships and fishing gear than tangles and kills them there.