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Gulf Coast Oysters in Peril

8/20/2014 // By Amanda Fuller

If you’ve ordered Gulf oysters at a restaurant this summer, then you’ve noticed their prices have gone up. Way up. The decline of Gulf oysters has been a top headline in Gulf Coast papers recently. Last week, the Associated Press …

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

4/4/2014 // By Amanda Fuller

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 Island late last week, oil has now been reported on …

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Will the RESTORE Act Actually Restore the Gulf of Mexico?

3/4/2014 // By Amanda Fuller

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, loons, sea turtles and other wildlife. In Louisiana alone, BP …

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Study: Deepwater Horizon Oil Causes Heart Damage in Tuna

2/14/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

A new study has found that a chemical in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill causes irregular heartbeats in bluefin and yellowfin tuna that can lead to heart attacks, or even death. The researchers believe that similar impacts …

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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 …

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The Toll on Gulf Oysters

12/21/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

It is small and slimy, and goes down easy with a little lemon. But the oyster isn’t just a treat for seafood lovers; these humble bivalves play an essential role in the ecology of the Gulf. An adult oyster can …

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Restoring the Everglades, Restoring the Gulf

12/16/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

The Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico have much in common: They are both American treasures that have suffered from a half-century’s worth of degradation, resulting in ecosystems that are disappearing at an alarming rate, fisheries that are a mere …

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How Much Oil Is Still In the Gulf?

10/3/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

As the second phase of the civil trial over the Gulf oil disaster continues, we are hearing much discussion over exactly how many barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico. Legally, this question is critical because it …

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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 …

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