Captain Ben Fairey
For Captain Ben Fairey, seen here aboard his vessel 'Necessity' docked at Orange Beach Marina, tourism season begins with his first chartered fishing trip scheduled for June 1.
Orange Beach Fishing Association President Tom Steber gets back to work at Zeke's Marina on April 11, one day after returning from Red Snapper meetings in Baton Rouge, La.
Gulf Coast charter boats
In the absence of charter trips, charter boats Annie Girl and Aquastar Charters load up for a day of fun-fishing April 11. The vessels will be at their busiest when Snapper season, shortened to 11 days this year, opens June 1.
Red Snapper tags lay stacked in boxes in Tom Steber's office. The 11-day season opens June 1.
Rods stand at the ready aboard the dozens of charter vessels docked at Orange Beach Marina April 9.
- About the Writer
Eric Tosso is a biologist and freelance writer in Tuscaloosa with a Master of Science in coastal marine and wetland studies from Coastal Carolina University. His work in environmental science includes projects with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Forest Service in California, and the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska.
Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:21 am
Updated: 2:27 pm, Tue Jun 17, 2014.
Today marks the four-year anniversary of the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven lives were lost on that day in 2010, and more than 200 million gallons of crude oil released into the Gulf of Mexico over the following months. To put that into perspective, the same volume of oil poured into the Empire State Building would reach the 77th floor — nearly three-quarters of the way to the top.
To many, things have returned to normal. Vacationers no longer see oil slicks sullying the beaches or filth-covered shore birds and poisoned fish.
To learn more about the ongoing recovery efforts, online visit www.projectrebound.org and www.gulfstudy.nih.gov/en/index.html.
Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:21 am.
Updated: 2:27 pm.