Marine Restoration

Berenshtein et al. 2020, Fig. 2. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw8863

The Deepwater Horizon platform spill occurred in the Macondo Lease Block 50 miles offshore from the Mississippi River delta. The oil reached from Texas to Florida’s Atlantic coast and from the deep sea to coastal marshes (Berenshtein et al., 2020). Restoration of coastal habitats is common at local, state and regional levels, and will likely dominate spending and effort. Restoration of marine habitats is problematic, for example, harder to affect and monitor, less technically proven, and less sure of success. GOMURC worked with the Ocean Conservancy on a 2012 workshop to discuss the challenges and offer recommended actions– Marine Restoration Priorities and Science Principles.

In addition, a published paper focuses specifically on restoration of deep sea coral habitats:
Shepard, A.N. 2014. Restoring deepwater coral ecosystems and fisheries after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In: Bortone, SA (ed). Interrelationships between corals and fishes. CRC Press. DOI