We got word last week from some friends of ours who were on the ground in Bayou LaBatre. They said they didn't see oil in the water or smell it in the air, but spotted were plenty of boats coming and going as part of the cleanup crews loading booms from BP staging areas. The sent us these pretty shots, taken June 14.
Yesterday's 4 p.m. update: The Alabama Department of Public Health lifted its swimming advisory for the Mississippi Sound and Dauphin Island. According to a forecast by the NOAA, coastal regions between Horn Island, MS and Panama City, FL are threatened by shoreline oil contact. If the winds blow SE, the Chandelier Islands, Breton Sound, and the Mississippi Delta are also threatened.
Today's (forecast) fishing advisory: As of 6 p.m. June 21, the fishery closure area stretched from Atchafalaya Bay (south of Morgan City and Houma, LA) to Panama City, FL and extended far into the Gulf waters south/southeast of that coastal area. See a map of the NOAA fishing closure here.
Photos: Bayou La Batre estuaries, Courtesy Melanie Green, Panorama Public Relations