Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Gulf of Mexico Marine Debris Maps


Just released marine maps of the north Gulf of Mexico
by NOAA
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.

OTHER RELATED COASTAL RESTORATION WEB SITES:

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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