The world's biggest restoration effort is underway right now in the Gulf of Mexico and you can make sure it’s a huge success.

During the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010, the Gulf was subjected to more than 210 million gallons of oil that sickened and killed wildlife, with a massive impact on local communities. Today, the funding from the BP settlement set aside over $1 billion to restore the deep ocean waters where the disaster took place. With this $1 billion fund, we finally have a chance to restore the Gulf beyond the shore.

Right now, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make the Gulf of Mexico healthier and more vibrant than ever before–but we can’t do it without YOU. Send a message to the Open Ocean Trustees, urging them to use the funds for the most pressing needs in the deep sea, such as those in Ocean Conservancy’s report, Restoring the Gulf Beyond the Shore–Part II.

The letter we will deliver for you

Dear Open Ocean Trustees,

Thank you for the opportunity to provide input on restoration activities in the open ocean restoration area.

I commend you for taking the first step toward restoring the Gulf’s marine life, and for your commitment to monitoring and adaptive management. I am pleased to see $1.24 billion dedicated to restoring the open ocean, where the BP oil disaster occurred and where impacts continue to this day. I urge you to support projects that help the Gulf’s fish and corals recover, such as those Ocean Conservancy identified in Restoring the Gulf Beyond the Shore - Part II:

· Barotrauma research: Understanding the science of what happens to released fish like snapper and grouper and the best release practices that minimize and reverse injury could help more fish survive and, ultimately, lead to healthier populations, increased catches and a more sustainable ecosystem.

· Ocean mapping: By mapping out where fish live, and understanding where invasive lionfish may be a threat, we can help the Gulf’s fish populations rebuild while fishermen reap the benefit of a more productive fishery.

· Tracking the Gulf’s fastest fish: By attaching pop-up satellite tags to highly migratory species and other large ocean fish, we can gather data to study their survival after release as well as their migration and movement inside and outside of the Gulf.

· Filling gaps in a deep-sea oasis: DeSoto Canyon is a haven for marine life, located near the Deepwater Horizon site. We need to develop high-resolution maps to determine what types of deep-water corals are in the DeSoto Canyon area and whether they are healthy.

· Coral Reef Research: We can better understand the environmental and human stressors affecting the health and survival of corals across the Gulf by researching the connectivity of these corals, monitoring specific “sentinel sites” for environmental change and developing a best fishing practices program.

Thank you again for your time and your dedication to restoring the Gulf of Mexico.


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