Sailing towards Pensacola’s Plaza de Luna under a late afternoon sun, two new passenger ferries were greeted by a crowd of excited local residents. The ferries were built as part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore Ferry Project, which is being implemented by the Department of the Interior.
The Trustees are committed to providing annual reports to the public to show our restoration progress, as well as how we’re spending settlement funds.
You can find a summary report of fund allocations and expenditures.
It’s been one year since we settled with BP and began implementing our programmatic plan to restore the Gulf. Since then, we’ve been busy planning, implementing restoration, and hearing from you about what restoration should look like.
The implementation phase of the Florida Oyster Cultch Placement Project has been completed. It will enhance and improve oyster populations affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oyster secondary productivity along Florida’s panhandle suffered adverse impacts from the spill.
The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group has approved its first restoration plan and environmental impact statement (EIS). The restoration activities described in the plan will address natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is holding a webinar on Thursday, April 27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern. Participants will be able to learn about our restoration planning process, request for project ideas, and next steps for the Open Ocean Restoration Area.
The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for the 2017-2020 planning years. We would like your input on restoration opportunities in the Open Ocean Restoration Area.
We will target restoration for wide-ranging and migratory species at important points during their life cycles and geographic ranges, including inland, coastal, and offshore areas. Open Ocean restoration types include:
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities and would like your input. We are focusing on the restoration type that restores and conserves wetland, coastal, and nearshore habitats. We are particularly concerned with wetlands in Barataria Basin, which were heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Seven Louisiana fishers have volunteered to stop using their pelagic longline fishing gear in the Gulf of Mexico starting today through June 30, 2017. This will reduce fish mortality, which allows fish to grow and reproduce—supporting healthier populations of fish throughout the Gulf.
We're almost finished with construction of the Chenier Ronquille Barrier Island restoration project. This project is restoring beach, dune, and marsh habitats. In May 2016, we began creating the barrier island. A hydraulic dredge has been scooping up sediment from the shoreline, mixing it with water, and pumping the mixture through a pipeline to the island. The mixture is then shaped into dune and marsh habitat by powerful earth moving equipment.