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Gulf Restoration

News related to Gulf of Mexico restoration following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (e.g., penalties, settlements, programs).

Two new offerings from the Gulf Sea Grant oil spill outreach team:

The team will host a free seminar, "Oil spill response, assessment, and restoration: Marine mammals," on March 29, 2018 in Galveston, Texas. Experts will share the latest science concerning marine mammal populations, with a focus on their health after oil spills and protocols relating to response, assessment, and restoration. A discussion about integrating science, response, and management for marine mammals will follow talks from our guest speakers. This event will also be available as a webinar. To learn more or register for the workshop, go to https://gulfseagrant.org/oil-spill-response-assessment-and-restoration-marine-mammals/.

A limited number of hard copies of the Team's oil spill science outreach publications are available. To inquire about having certain titles shipped to you at no charge, contact team communicator Tara Skelton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To check out our publications, go to https://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/.

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Following is copied from GCERC email on 2/28/18:

On February 21, 2018, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) voted to approve its 2017 Annual Report to Congress. The Annual Report to Congress summarizes the Council’s 2017 calendar year activities, including but not limited to accomplishments related to the funding approvals to date for both the Council-Selected Restoration Component (commonly referred to as “Bucket 2”) and the Spill Impact Component (commonly referred to as “Bucket 3”).

The 2017 Annual Report to Congress includes reports from the Centers of Excellence. The RESTORE Act dedicates 2.5 percent of the Trust Fund to the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program, administered by the Department of Treasury. These funds may be used to establish Centers of Excellence for science, technology, and monitoring. To date four Centers of Excellence have been established: 

Learn more about:

For questions contact: Keala J. Hughes, Director of External Affairs & Tribal Relations, (504) 717-7235, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has released a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Manual. The manual recommends procedures and guidelines that build upon the monitoring frameworks and conceptual monitoring plans developed for Early Restoration, including a template for "project-specific MAM plans and monitoring guidance for wetlands, beaches and dunes, barrier islands, water quality, and recreational use restoration approaches."

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) have contracted with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) to assist with scientific reviews of projects and programs funded under the RESTORE Act Council-funded Restoration and Spill Impact Components (RESTORE Buckets 2 and 3). They are in the process of developing a Best Available Science reviewer database for reviews of Council proposals and applications, and appreciate your help in circulating this message throughout your organization. Ask them to consider filling out the attached Reviewer Application if interested, and return it along with their CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 31, 2017. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council will hold a public meeting on September 12, 2017 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama. During this meeting, we will present updates on the work of the Trustee Council and each Trustee Implementation Group (TIG): Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Open Ocean, and Region-wide.  This meeting will serve as the annual public meeting for the Trustee Council and the Region-wide TIG.

5:30 – 6:30 PM-- Open House for discussion and questions 

6:30 – 9:00 PM-- Public Meeting for presentation and public comment.

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