Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Gulf of Mexico Marine Debris Maps

Just released marine maps of the north Gulf of Mexico
provides users with maps of debris-laden areas in the waters of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
The maps indicate nautical position and other physical properties of each piece of submerged debris found during the NOAA Office of Coast Survey and Office of Response and Restoration's surveying effort, which began in September.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita inflicted severe damage on the Gulf Coast.
Even though the surface looks calm, underwater marine debris poses a hazard to vessel traffic and commercial fishing gear. The maps can help fishermen avoid debris and keep them updated on the status of debris removal in fishing grounds.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - New Orleans District

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Louisiana

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

EPA Region 6

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities

U.S.G.S. National Wetlands Research Center

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study

Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service

Louisiana Seagrant

Coast 2050

America's WETLAND

Minerals Management Service Sand and Gravel Program

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

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