Latest Gulf of Mexico News

Ocearch's 11 Canadian great white sharks headed south

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ocearch's latest expedition, to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia, a summer hangout for great white sharks, could hardly have gone better: The crew caught, studied and tagged 11 white sharks, making it by far their most successful trip in the Northwest Atlantic. Most of those sharks...

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Nov. 15, 2019 7:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill. “I am proud of the...

Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida....

Apparent pirate attack on ship in Mexico wounds 2 Italians

Nov. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats. The Mexican navy...

Missing airman identified as recovery efforts continue

Nov. 10, 2019 4:30 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An airman who is presumed dead in a parachute training exercise off Florida's Panhandle has been identified. According to a military news release, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a special tactics combat controller with 24th Special Operations Wing, part of the Air...

Search suspended for airman missing in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 9, 2019 10:12 AM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — After four days of searching the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended search operations for a missing Hurlburt Field special tactics airman. The search was suspended Friday evening. On Tuesday morning, an airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing fell into the Gulf of...

GOP control expands in Mississippi Senate, steady in House

Nov. 6, 2019 6:09 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans will expand their majority in the Mississippi Senate and maintain supermajority-level control in the state House following Tuesday's elections. In the Senate, Republicans will hold 36 of 52 seats, up from 33. Democrats will shrink from 19 to 16. In the 122-member House,...

Airman missing in Gulf of Mexico after falling from plane

Nov. 6, 2019 5:50 PM EST

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. military and local Florida law enforcement are searching the Gulf of Mexico for an airman who fell out of a plane during a parachute training exercise. An Air Force news release says the special tactics airman departed a C-130 aircraft Tuesday morning during a planned...

Louisiana editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 3:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Nov. 5. The Houma Courier on a decline in ACT scores: A decline in local students' scores on a major college-readiness test is hard to diagnose but distressing nonetheless. If there is any good news, it's that the decline in Terrebonne and Lafourche students'...

3 endangered Florida panthers found dead

Nov. 5, 2019 4:30 AM EST

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — Three endangered Florida panthers have been found dead over the past week, bringing the total number of deaths this year to 23. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 3-year-old male panther were collected Thursday in Hendry County. Officials say he...