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Gulf Ecosystem Observing and Monitoring Program:

A lasting legacy from the DeepWater Horizon oil spill and resulting penalties should be a new northern Gulf-wide science-based, monitoring program that incorporates mapping, observing, and research. WHY?

  • Restore Act (PL112-141, subtitle F) mandates that civil penalties be used to support long-term, sustained, Gulf-wide ecosystem monitoring program supported by the best available science
  • Provide ecosystem science (restoration ecology, conservation biology, and community ecology) required for promoting restoration and sustainability in face of many chronic Gulf ecosystem stressors
  • Protect human life, health and property.
  • Promote economic opportunities through quantified and managed human uses.

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