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
Minerals Management Service Sand and Gravel Program
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana