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Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment 2021 Programmatic Review

The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment 2021 Programmatic Review provides an in-depth look at restoration progress in the Gulf of Mexico through the end of 2020.
November 30, 2021 - Other Reports ,
Deepwater Horizon 2021 Programmatic Review Cover

NOAA and Deepwater Horizon Trustees Report on Progress Restoring the Gulf of Mexico

Federal and state agencies are restoring the Gulf after the largest oil spill in the United States. $2.4 billion in settlement funds were committed to habitat and resource restoration through 2020. Settlement payments will continue through 2031.
November 30, 2021 - Feature Story ,
On a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach looking out to the water with a pier. Federal and state partners are committed to periodically re-examining the Deepwater Horizon restoration program through programmatic reviews. Credit: Jeanne Allen/Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council

$99.6 Million Approved to Continue Restoring Gulf-wide Resources Impacted by Deepwater Horizon

Eleven projects aimed at restoring sea turtles, marine mammals, oysters, and birds are approved to move forward in all five Gulf states, and in Mexico.
September 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Sea turtle hatchling on the sand in the Gulf of Mexico. The Region-wide plan includes $18.6 million dedicated to four projects to restore sea turtles; one is focused on nesting sites. Credit: Shutterstock

Return ‘Em Right: Angling for Better Catch and Release in Gulf Reef Fisheries

Gulf of Mexico reef fish anglers and charter boat captains: Improve your skills, earn gear, and support a healthy Gulf through “Return ‘Em Right.” This Gulf-wide effort is giving you the tools to ensure the fish we release live to fight another day.
September 14, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Three anglers on a boat with a fishing rod that's bending and looks to have a fish on. Return 'Em Right will give anglers the tools and skills to successfully release reef fish so they live to help improve the overall health of reef fish fisheries. Credit: Return 'Em Right

Engaging Anglers to Improve Catch and Release Practices and Restore Reef Fish in the Gulf

NOAA, the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, and university and private sector partners are working with the recreational fishing community to better understand catch and release tools and support fish restoration projects.
June 11, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A fish under the surface next to a boat, with a fish descender device connected to its mouth to help guide it down. Fish released with descending devices can swim back down to their habitats and avoid injury or predation. Credit: Adrian Gray

$12 Million Approved for GulfCorps to Create More Jobs, Restore Thousands of Acres of Habitat

After four years of success, the RESTORE Council Approved almost $12 million for GulfCorps to continue work for an additional four years, restoring habitat and boosting local economies to help the Gulf Coast recover after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
April 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Three young people standing on a boardwalk in the woods with landscaping equipment. GulfCorps crew members in the field on a vegetation management project. Image: Katie Flowers Moss/TNC

Nearly $100 Million Proposed to Restore Gulf-wide Resources Impacted by Deepwater Horizon

Funded by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement, eleven restoration projects are planned across all five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, and sites in Mexico and on the Atlantic coast of Florida.
March 22, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Dolphin surfaces the water. $7.2 million in restoration projects are proposed for marine mammals, including dolphins. Image: Florida FWC/Rebekah Nelson

Louisiana Trustees Seek Comments on Proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

The $2 billion project will create tens of thousands of acres of wetlands in coastal Louisiana. Public comment is open through May 4, 2021.
March 05, 2021 - Feature Story ,
1280x800-la-gulf-spill-restoration-barataria-basin-marsh-islands-new-belt2.png Aerial view of parts of Louisiana's Barataria Basin, where wetlands have disappeared for decades.

Top Habitat Conservation Stories of 2020

Despite a challenging 2020, NOAA Habitat continued protecting, restoring, and telling stories about habitat and its value to fisheries and communities. Here are the stories, videos and topics that surfaced as our most popular content throughout the year.
January 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A colorful coral community in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Image: NOAA/University of North Carolina Wilmington A colorful coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico's Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary. Image: NOAA/University of North Carolina Wilmington