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Living on the Gulf of Mexico, to me, is a privilege I'll never take for granted. And I'll never give up on it's health. I'm unable to give a lot of money to The Conservancy, so give in other ways. I was a coordinator for the Coastal Clean-Up, I take a trash bag every time I go to the beach, and I remind anyone that will listen, that we only have one Gulf of Mexico. Take care of it. I live in the panhandle where the oyster beds are struggling. Where the Apalachicola Bay used to be busy with oyster boats, now it is not. We are the ones that screwed it up, and we're the only ones that can fix it. I hope everyone takes this post to heart, and uses your suggestions to help save our oceans.
4 months ago on Why I Haven’t Given Up On the Ocean, and Why You Shouldn’t Either
Oil spills are like cigarette butts. They don't dissolve, they're not biodegradable, and they're going to sit there until somebody cleans them up. They NEVER go away on their own. They might drift to another location, but, they never disappear. So. any oil that wasn't cleaned up, is simply sitting somewhere. BP seems to think that the people of the gulf are stupid and think since they can't see it, it must be gone. Well, we're not stupid, and we know all the oil was not picked up. So, it has to be sitting around on the of the gulf, killing everything it comes across. We were lucky, in that the initial spill did not get as far as St. George Island, but, I'm sure the quick fix dispersants did. And, it wouldn't surprise me to hear of oil deposits sitting on the floor near by. Out of sight, out of mind? Never! BP's nightmare of restoring the gulf is a long way from being over, as far as I'm concerned.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Where Did the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Go?
That's tremendous!! At last, a glimmer of hope for the restoration of the Gulf.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Breaking: Great News For the Gulf of Mexico
I can't imagine that sampling, and testing, as far as effects of the oil spill disaster, to our Gulf waters, will ever stop. Not in our lifetime anyway. I think the list of damages and long term effects are never ending.
8 months, 1 week ago on Fishermen and Scientists Work Together to Track Sick Fish
I wish people cared enough to follow some of these tips. Unfortunately, living on an island off the panhandle of Florida, I've seen way too much abuse to our beaches and our waters, by people that just don't care. It's very sad, and very frustrating. They just don't get it. We actually lost a couple of Osprey chicks to someone's plastic bag that had blown into the nest and suffocated them. You never know where your trash will end up.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Declare Your Independence from Plastic
What makes them think they're above the law? They did the crime, and personally, I think they're getting off cheap!
11 months, 1 week ago on On Gulf Science, BP Puts Up a Fight Instead of Making This Right
It's common sense. You can budget the money anywhere you want ( and I'm sure I'd get a good laugh if I was to see where they were going to spend all the money), but if you don't have a healthy environment, you have nothing. This is where we live. If it's not taken care of, there'll be no need for a "budget bill". Someone needs to remind these people, the oceans are not just something beautiful to sail on, but the sole food source for many people. The "Maine lobsters", the Apalachicola oysters, Alaskan king crabs, will all be gone without the proper funding. Sad stupidity in our government.
1 year, 2 months ago on Does the 2014 Budget Bill Support a Healthy Ocean?
I'm a little behind on my e-mails, so I'm just seeing this, on the last day of the year. I can only hope next year will end on such a wonderful note. I does my heart good to know their are people that care about our oceans, and want to protect them in order to save them. Everyone, keep up the good work and know I will recruit as much ocean awareness in the coming year. Thank you.
1 year, 2 months ago on 5 Reasons to Celebrate California’s MPAs
I hope the oysters in Apalachicola Bay don't suffer the same fate as some other marine life. Gone forever. Someone better start paying attention, or it's inevitable.
1 year, 7 months ago on Slideshow: Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast
We have a "trash patrol" on St. George Island, Fla. and one of our biggest trash pick-up days is July 5. Along with our annual "Chili Cookoff, along with other large summer events on the island. I wish we didn't need a trash patrol, but we do.Some visitors have the mentality that 'someone will pick it up'. And they're right! I don't think they'd want to come back if we just kept letting their trash pile up. It'd be a dump. They'd have to find a cleaner island to trash!
1 year, 8 months ago on What Goes Up Must Come Down: Celebrate the Fourth of July with a July 5 Cleanup
(Fishermans Corner) I couldn't agree more. And everything in this blog seems right on the mark. So, where is the snag? Do they feel there's no "big rush"? I live on the gulf and they are sadly mistaken if that is their way of thinking. Do it, or lose it.
1 year, 9 months ago on Ocean Conservancy’s Recipe for Gulf Restoration
1 year, 10 months ago on A Tribute to Mothers: A Look at the Ocean’s Great Moms
I'm glad there was the tweet about the shark fins. The others were a depressing was to start the day.
2 years ago on This Week's Top Tweets: March 9 - 15
I would hope that your article will reach the right people.and everyone will do what they can to rebuild, maintain, and care for the fragile environment that is the gulf coast. I for one wouldn't want to live anywhere else and will do my part by volunteering for any coastal work that needs to be done and I'm able to do.
2 years, 4 months ago on Rebuilding The Places We Love After The Storms That Change Our Lives
I agree that people should try to cut down on their use of paper. I took heed to the post on paper towels and have changed that habit drastically. And I'm a fanatic about picking up trash here on the island. And there's never a shortage of that. Paper and much more. But I have a hard time paying my bills on line simply because I don't trust the security of the internet, I know thousands of people do it and have had no problems, but it makes me nervous. I don't order anything on line with my credit card for the same reason. I'm sure people will say I'm living in the stone ages, but it's a matter of protecting my identity and my privacy.( I don't do facebook or twitter either). Anymore, it's just too easy for people to aquire personnal information via the internet. So I'll have to continue to do my part, to cut back on the use of paper, in other ways.
2 years, 5 months ago on Three Things You Can Do Online to Save Paper
I live on an island where the people depend on what the ocean produces for thier livlihood. Trash does not belong in our oceans nor is it healthy for the animals and birds that need it and it's bounty to survive. I saw a pelican with the plastic from a 6-pack around it's pouch because it couldn't see it when it dove 75ft. into the water to retrieve it's meal. How much more am I not seeing? It makes me sad that people have no more respect than to throw out their trash without a second thought. Maybe if they lived here instead of just visiting, taking the beauty of thel Gulf for granted, they'd think twice before they carelessly dumped their trash in the water or on the beach or anywhere else on the island. It all eventually ends up in our oceans.
2 years, 5 months ago on Plight of Albatross Inspires Scientist to Clean Up Beaches