Latest news: November 30, 2011

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Gulf harvesters offered more money for BP damage

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press. November 30, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who’ve reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being offered a more generous settlement package due to lingering uncertainties over seafood…”

Gulf’s salt water threatens rice, crawfish farmers

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press. November 29, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — A rice and crawfish farming region on the low-lying southwest Louisiana coast has declared a state of emergency because a large freshwater basin that farmers rely on for irrigation is being spoiled by salt water from the Gulf of Mexico…”

Hurricane season is over: An editorial

By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). November 30, 2011.

“Hurricane season officially ends today, and that always gives metro New Orleans residents a reason to breathe a little easier. In a sense, that may be even more true as the 2011 season ends…”

Familiar Waters For Upcoming Bassmaster Classic

By World Fishing Network. November 30, 2011.

“The 2012 Bassmaster Classic will be held on Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La., a fishery that has hosted 10 other pro-level Bassmaster events since 2000…”

Home elevation contractors called to special legislative hearing

By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). November 29, 2011.

“A legislative committee will hold a special hearing Wednesday for home elevation contractors participating in the state’s troubled Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery meeting will be at the New Orleans City Council chambers starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday…”

Gulf Future Coalition calls for more

By WLOX13 News. November 30, 2011.

“BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – The Gulf Future Coalition is calling for more public input and greater “transparency” in the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process…”

2011 hurricane season leaves central Gulf Coast largely undisturbed

By Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). November 29, 2011.

“The 2011 hurricane season ends Wednesday, closing the book on another yet another summer that, in the long view, was ominously busier than usual — but left the central Gulf Coast largely undisturbed. The season’s total of 19 tropical storms tied for the third-most-active since record-keeping began in 1851, and continues the trend of bustling hurricane seasons that began in 1995, the National Hurricane Center said…”