Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is unveiling its plan for 2017 and looking for public feedback.

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Despite a months-long season for red snapper in state waters off Florida and other Gulf states, fisherman across the Gulf of Mexico are gearing up to protest a brief three-day opening to catch the prized fish in federal Gulf waters. Fishermen argue a short opening hurts businesses and hampers anglers across the Gulf, but fishery managers say a small window is important to preserve a species still recovering from overfishing.

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Florida lawmakers have voted on a plan for how they'll pay out the state's millions of dollars for damages sustained from BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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An executive order signed by the Trump Administration in late April seeks to expand oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, with many in the industry eyeing the eastern Gulf. Florida environmental groups argue the change could threaten tourism and the environment, but Florida's oil and gas industry say it would be a welcome change. 

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More than thirty sharks were tagged along Florida's Gulf Coast earlier this month by a team of researchers and students as part of a study tracking the sharks' migration in the Gulf, and their impact on everything from ecosystems to the economics of Gulf fisheries.