The Gulf of Mexico is a beautiful coastal land stretching over 600,000 miles and several different parts of the country. It attracts visitors from all over the world due to its natural beauty. Some of the attractions are warm waters, beautiful reefs, and fishing. Let’s explore some of these amazing sites in depth.
The waters here are clear enough to see through, as well as warm. However, how warm they truly are depends on the time of year. Just as most with most bodies of water, in the early months they average around 69 degrees and at the late end of the year averages are around 91 degrees, so we see their appeal in the cold winter months. Be careful though, as they can be dangerous during hurricane season with high tides and extreme winds. Regardless, warmer waters make for a lot of fun. What does this say about the fish found in the Gulf?
Throughout the Gulf of Mexico, you will find over 200 varieties of fish, shrimp, and oysters who enjoy the warmer temperatures. Some of the large-scale tail flappers can be found in the Louisiana coastal waters. The smaller of the four breeds is the Greater Amberjack weighing in at an average 29 pounds, followed by the Red Snapper pulling up at an average 39 lbs. Tilefish come in weighing around 66 pounds, and the whopper of the bunch is the Yellowfin Tuna averaging around 400 lbs. These would make for great prize catches and big fish stories later, if they do not elude you.
We have all heard of the beautiful and colorful coral reefs, but did you know the reef is comprised of actual living organisms? They are made up of small polyps that group themselves into clusters reaching up toward the water’s surface. Separated, they are defenseless against outside elements, but together they can survive even the strongest tides. There are four natural reefs that can be found on the Gulf coast adding even more beauty to the land. Aside from looking nice they also lend a hand in hiding fish from swimmers, fishers, and other marine animals. Just as everything in this world these colorful reefs are threatened.
Pollution and Oil
Pollution is a real threat, but oil and gas spills are the biggest threats to coral, fish, and marine life in general. Oil spills have been happening for decades, but the BP spill of 2010, located in Louisiana, was the most wide-spread. Even to this day, there are lasting effects on the ecosystems of the area. However, changes have been made to curb any future leaks that could damage the waters including the use of an underwater dome. The use of the dome will mean animals, reefs, and humans will be less likely to succumb to the damages of an oil or gas spill. This ensures the future survival of all fish populations in the coastal waters.
Fishing is one of the mainsprings that attract individuals worldwide, especially fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana is one of the best coastal areas to enjoy while looking to hook that big catch. Plan a trip to any part of the Gulf for your family or yourself. Even if you don’t reel in that dream catch, you won’t leave without a smile on your face. So, step out on the normal routine and come enjoy the Louisiana coast.