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Healthy oyster reefs are essential for many species of coastal fish and other wildlife, but today the oyster harvest in Apalachicola Bay is less than half the normal levels. Photo by Steven Gray/ Flickr

Progress Towards Restoring the Gulf for Wildlife

Now that BP and the other oil companies have settled with the states and the federal government, there is roughly $16 billion dollars available for restoration. But even this enormous sum …

Oystercatchers are just one species that rely on oyster reefs-- but this habitat has declined across the Gulf. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kathy Reeves.

$80 Million Announced for Gulf Restoration Projects

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has recently announced a third round of projects funded by BP and Transocean’s 2012 criminal settlement. To date, nearly $480 million from this fund has been designated …


What We Know Now About the BP Oil Disaster

It’s been more than five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Since that time, a council of federal and state Trustees have been extensively investigating the impacts of …

Research and monitoring of important wildlife, such as the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle pictured here, will be a major focus moving forward.” Photo Credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service

$1.2 Billion Will Support Gulf Science Programs

In the early days of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, it became apparent that there was a lack of base scientific understanding of the Gulf ecosystem, and how the oil might …


10 Things BP’s New Report Doesn’t Tell You

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5 Steps Toward Restoring the Gulf of Mexico

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A $100M Step Toward Restoring the Gulf

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Sound Science Needed for Gulf Restoration

Four years ago the BP oil spill killed eleven workers and sent more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Two years ago the RESTORE Act …


Senators to Gulf of Mexico Restoration Body: Get on With it!

The pace of restoring the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the BP oil spill has been slower than anyone would like. Last week the Senate Commerce Committee held …

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Private Lands and Gulf Restoration – A Vision for Success

The five US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico encompass roughly 290 million acres of land, of which roughly 86% are privately owned. This translates into more than 249 million acres …

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