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Artificial Reefs: Restoration Beyond Recreation?

11/19/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

Over the past few decades the five Gulf States have built artificial reefs both inshore and offshore with the aim of enhancing recreational fishing and diving opportunities. State and local governments on the Gulf Coast have expressed interest in creating […] Read more >

Flock of white ibis and roseate spoonbills Photo: Galveston.com

A Great Start for Gulf Restoration

11/18/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced funding for 22 restoration projects in all five Gulf States. The more than $100 million comes from BP and Transocean’s criminal plea agreements resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Justice Department […] Read more >

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Toxic Algae: Florida’s Manatees in Crisis

11/8/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

While “red tide” may sound like a biblical catastrophe, it is simply an unusual bloom of a common alga—karenia brevis—that turns saltwater a rust color.  While not supernatural this algae is not harmless, as it includes a neurotoxin called brevetoxin. […] Read more >

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Is the Oil Spill Affecting the Gulf’s Sperm Whales?

11/2/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

A sick and severely emaciated adolescent female sperm whale was found beached on the Florida coast near Tampa on Halloween. After the necropsy, officials said there were indications of an infection in the abdominal cavity and a large of amount of […] Read more >

Amalia Espinoza, Raymond Sierra, Jaelon Lopez—students at Pleasant Hill Elementary—search the cactus for bugs!

Discovery Hill—A Schoolyard Habitat Proof of Concept

10/29/2013 // By Marya Fowler

On the way back to school one girl in my class said, “What fun…I love that place” and another said “I wish we could go everyday” and a boy remarked, “I just didn’t know we could find so many animals.” […] Read more >

Dolphin mother and her calf in the Gulf. Photo by Pete Markham, Flickr

3 Million Pounds: The Hidden Legacy of the BP Oil Spill

10/23/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

Remember that time when your parents asked you to clean your room, and you shoved everything under the bed? I think we’ve all been there. As soon as the toys were out of sight, I know I thought that was […] Read more >

Bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. Flickr photo by pmarkham.

Will BP’s Fines Help Dolphins in the Gulf?

10/8/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Bottlenose dolphins are dying in unprecedented numbers in the region affected by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf  of Mexico. Dolphins in the most heavily oiled areas are suffering from anemia, painful damage to their lungs and livers, and […] Read more >

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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 […] Read more >

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The BP Trial-What’s at Stake for the Gulf in Phase 2?

9/30/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

If it seems like BP has aggressively shirked responsibility for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster since the day the rig exploded, it’s because the company has been doing just that. Today, BP takes its full-court press back to federal […] Read more >

oiled sea turtle after the BP oil disaster (photo credit NOAA)

Fudging the Numbers: BP’s History of Lying about the Spill

8/29/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Exactly how much oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico during the BP disaster? Billions of dollars of Clean Water Act penalties are at stake—and a large portion of the money available for restoration. Perhaps it comes as no surprise […] Read more >