Gulf of Mexico


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

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 …

Common Loon by Gary Lackie

Biologists Study Impact of BP Oil Disaster On Loons

Just over a year ago, I held a “charismatic megavertebrate” on my lap. As a participant on a research project in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of …

A Kemp's ridley hatchling crawls towards the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: National Park Service

Fate of Gulf Wildlife Still Uncertain 4 Years After BP Oil Disaster

It has been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and sending more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A …

TPWD Wildlife Biologist collecting a Royal Tern on the east beach in Galveston. Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Consequences of Texas City “Y” Oil Spill Continue to Surface

The March 22 oil spill that occurred in the Houston Ship Channel moved out into the Gulf and traveled south over the last several days. After hitting the shores of Matagorda …


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

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 …

Photo by Chase A. Fountain, courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Weekly News Roundup: The Latest on the Galveston Oil Spill and More

The Latest on the Galveston Bay Oil Spill Over the weekend, 168,000 gallons of toxic oil spilled into the Galveston Bay. A Kirby Inland Marine oil barge collided with a cargo ship, shutting down The …

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

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 …

Striped dolphins observed in emulsified oil on April 29, 2010. Credit: NOAA.

Will the RESTORE Act Actually Restore the Gulf of Mexico?

Despite what BP wants you to believe, the Gulf oil spill is not over. Scientists continue to learn more and more about the ongoing impacts of the disaster on dolphins, …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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