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Sound Science Needed for Gulf Restoration

9/4/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

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 passed, which will send 80% of Clean Water Act civil …

Speak Up to Restore the Mississippi Gulf Coast

8/20/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

Mississippi’s coastal residents know that our coast has serious restoration needs. An annual erosion rate of 200 acres a year is decimating our coastline. Decades of development have intensified water quality problems. Oyster reefs are at an all-time low. Tar …


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

8/7/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

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 an oversight hearing to revisit the RESTORE Act two years …

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Private Lands and Gulf Restoration – A Vision for Success

6/6/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

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 of agricultural and forested lands, making it impossible to ignore …


BP Spill Impacts on Red Snapper — What We Know, What We Don’t

4/20/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

Red snapper are one of the Gulf’s signature sportfish, popular among recreational and commercial fishermen and prized at markets and restaurants. Due to this popularity, red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico have been overfished since the early 1980s, but …


Hatchery-raised Fish Cause Concern, Raise Need for More Research

4/3/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

A new study, recently released in the journal Aquaculture, highlights concerns that hatchery-raised trout appear to be slower than wild trout, making them more susceptible to predation once released. Scientists from Washington University have compared hatchery-raised and wild trout in …

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10 Wildlife You [Probably] Didn’t Know Existed in the Gulf of Mexico

3/17/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The Gulf of Mexico is home to more than 15,420 species; from the coastal estuaries to the deep sea floor, the biodiversity of the Gulf is astonishing! To highlight this diversity we thought that it would be fun to introduce you to …

In other Florida news: Crews on Thursday and Friday found a 1400-pound mat found on an undeveloped beach near Pensacola, FL. Crews will continue to investigate over the weekend. Photo courtesy FDEP.

BP Oil Sickened South Florida Fish: Study

2/28/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

Dissolved oil from the 2010 oil disaster may have moved as far south as Florida’s Sanibel Island, sickening fish along the way, new research from the University of South Florida suggests. The modeling results showing the dissolved oil could have …

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Valentine’s Day Crafts and BP Oil Spill in the Weekly News Roundup- February 14, 2014

2/14/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Valentine’s Day is here! If you’re looking for some wildlife-themed V-Day crafts and recipes to try out with your kids, we’ve got you covered. Here are 13 activities that will help make Valentine’s Day extra sweet this year! Check out …

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Gulf Coast Wetlands Rapidly Declining

1/8/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The Gulf of Mexico is losing more wetlands than anywhere else in the United States and it is losing them more rapidly than ever before, according to a new federal report that assessed the status of wetlands in the United …