Gulf Coast

Oil Spill Commission on Trial

The federal Oil Spill Commission meets a daunting roadblock: Congress.

Pensacola Beach sample showing oil below clean surface.

Uncovering the Secret in the Sand – Buried Oil Remains After Cleanup

Many of the oil-fouled beaches along the Gulf coast and barrier islands have been scoured, scraped, raked and filtered clean. Tourist beaches and beaches in front of high-rise condominiums along the …

Blue-winged teal by David Heritsch

Gulf Coast Birds–And Ours–Doing Alright (for now)

On a recent chilly morning in southwestern Louisiana’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area, Kim Trahan, a rice farmer who leases land in the state-owned area, surveyed the scene around him …

Entire Habitats Wiped Out by Oil, Dispersant and Fires

Hyperbole? If you’re visualizing an entire ocean, marshland, bay or miles-long beachfront destroyed, perhaps. But if you consider pelagic sargassum, that yellowish-brown seaweed that forms up into floating mats, clumps …

[VIDEO] Gulf Seafood Still in Question

Since the day oil first started hitting the Gulf Coast, the safety of Gulf seafood has been in question. Authorities say that fish, shrimp, crab and oysters from the region are safe for consumption but some still remain skeptical.

Are Red Crabs the Latest Victims of the Gulf Oil Disaster?

Life under 3,000 feet of sea water is tough enough. More than 1,300 pounds per square inch of pressure squeeze you. Water temperatures of 41°-45° F keep you freshly chilled. …

Giant Ships Invade Mississippi Gulf Coast Island

There’s an industrial-strength landing site at the west end of Horn. Large crew boats, tugs and barges are anchored in the shallows next to channels between the islands that provide deep water access.

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“Sand Sharks” Take on Gulf Coast’s Oiled Beaches

NWF’s John Hammond visited Orange Beach, AL to get a first-hand look at cleaning operations. Watch what he found:

Migratory waterfowl in Louisiana

Update: Migratory Birds in the Gulf of Mexico

Just over six months into the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, federal officials finally have some good news for those of us concerned about birds in the Gulf of …

Breaking: Gulf Oil Disaster Bird Species Impacts Released

UPDATE 9/16: More reaction to the new data from NWF’s Dr. Doug Inkley. For the first time, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has just released a catalog of …

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