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BP and the Coast Guard have recently announced an end proactive patrols of the Gulf Coast in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Photo by Corey Balazowich.

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Reminds Us the Oil Spill is Not Over

6/27/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

CNN is reporting that a 165-foot by 65-foot tar mat has been found in shallow water off a Louisiana barrier island beach. While the tar mat is ‘only’ 15 percent oil and 85 percent sand, shells and water, the entire […] Read more >

[credit: NOAA] "Researchers collect a urine sample from Y12, a 16-year-old adult male bottlenose dolphin caught near Grand Isle, Louisiana in August 2011."

Speak Up for Gulf Restoration to Honor Dolphin Y12

6/26/2013 // By Kelly Wagner

  At the third anniversary of the Gulf oil spill this spring, NWF reported more than 650 dolphins were found stranded in the oil spill area since the Gulf oil disaster began–more than four times the historical average. It is […] Read more >

Birds flying over Cat Island. Photo by Sara

Paradise Found: 3 Reasons to Restore the Gulf

6/21/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

The Gulf Coast is a real-life paradise. Its denizens enjoy mild weather, great seafood, sea-view sunsets and award-winning beaches. As the saying goes, though, “Every rose has its thorns.” For Gulf Coast-ers who call it home, the region isn’t without danger. Residents […] Read more >

By Mark Benfield, Louisiana State University

Of Sea Monsters and Men

6/13/2013 // By Mary Price

A new video has hit the internet showing an extraordinary and rarely seen sea creature deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The oarfish video originally recorded in 2011, was recently released in conjunction with an explanation of the creature which appeared […] Read more >

Taken by Sara Gonzalez-Rothi Kronenthal, NWF

The Senate and the Sea

6/7/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) fittingly represents the Ocean State in the United States Senate. At Capitol Hill Oceans Week Sen. Whitehouse had this to say: “The oceans can do a lot of things, but they can’t speak for themselves.” This week, conservation champions […] Read more >

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Speak Up! BP Oil Spill Fines Must be Used to Restore the Gulf

5/31/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sent more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the region’s wildlife and wetlands are still suffering. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released a draft plan […] Read more >

Marine Foraminifera by Flickr user Pali Nalu

Deepwater Horizon: The Disaster That Keeps on Harming

4/11/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

The devastating (but not wholly unexpected) results of a University of South Florida (USF) study suggest the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico. Foraminifera — microscopic organisms that are the bread and butter of clam and seaworm diets — […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup – April 5, 2013

4/5/2013 // By Anne Goddard

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Report: Gulf Wildlife Three Years into the Gulf Oil Disaster April 2 –  As the three-year mark of the Gulf […] Read more >

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Peru Stands up to Big Oil. Will U.S. and Ecuador?

3/26/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Last year my husband and I honeymooned in Machu Picchu, Peru. In Quechua — the language spoken by the Inca who built the city — Machu Picchu means “Old Mountain.” Many human hands have touched this architectural and spiritual marvel, […] Read more >

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Protecting Florida’s Manatees from Harmful “Red Tide”

3/19/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

Basking in the south Florida sun, a skimboarder turned to my friends on the beach and eloquently stated, “Bro, your girls are getting eaten by manatees.” While those who know anything about manatees would know we weren’t in any danger […] Read more >