NOAA remains committed to helping restore the Gulf 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 7:50 PM CDT
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Almost ten years ago the Gulf Coast suffered immensely due to the Deepwater Horizon spill, and fish populations are still showing signs of impact. According to a study published in the Nature Scientific Reports Journal, oil is still being found in fish populations throughout the gulf. Oil compounds can be passed down from fish to their offspring through their eggs. While the impacts from the spill may still be felt today, not all the news is bad as money from the B-P settlement continues to flow in to help restore the Gulf.

"Well those payments are dedicated to restoration of those natural resources that were injured in the Gulf of Mexico," said Mel Landry, NOAA's Louisiana Restoration Area Lead. "We are putting that money on the ground, implementing projects that help restore habitat and fish and other resources that were injured by the spill. We'll be doing that as long as we have the funding to do it."

NOAA support for the Gulf Coast recovery effort from the spill will continue until at least 2031.

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