National Fisherman

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) Scientists are predicting a massive, possibly record-breaking, dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico this summer.

A dead zone is when there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support fish and other aquatic life.

Flooding in the Midwest is pumping lots of fresh water and fertilizer from farms down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf, which could create a dead zone the size of New Jersey.

Alabama is on the eastern fringe of the predicted dead zone, while Louisiana is right in the middle of it.

University of South Alabama professor and marine scientist Dr. Sean Powers says if the prediction comes true and the dead zone reaches Alabama's waters, the main concern is shrimp.

"Fisherman will go to a spot, and all of a sudden spot where they catch a lot of fish at, they won't catch any fish," Powers said, "That's because the fish swim out of the dead zone."

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Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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