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Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Where Things Stand and What is Next

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Wednesday, January 14, we hosted a webinar on the litigation summarized below. The webinar featured a panel of experts to discuss the status of the litigation and what is next. You can read more about the webinar and view a recording when it is posted here.

Fisheries Observers: an Important Enforcement Tool

A fisheries observer analyzes two specimens.
Read Porter
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fisheries observers serve important roles in fisheries management. From a scientific perspective, they provide independent verification of the amounts and types of fish caught, providing key data for stock assessment. In some fisheries, observers also have an important enforcement function: they report to law enforcement when they witness violations of fisheries regulations.

A Picture (or a Tracking Tool) Can Say a Thousand Words: Deepwater Horizon Project Tracking

Restoration at Rainey Refuge in Louisiana. Credit: NOAA.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In the Gulf of Mexico region, 89 projects to date have been finalized for restoration and recovery in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These projects are funded under several different mechanisms, including the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

Halting the Lionfish Invasion through Smart Law and Policy

Read Porter
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It is an invasive species that is one of the most pressing threats to ocean ecosystems in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. And my wife was wearing one on her ear.

Deepwater Horizon: Four Years Later

David Roche
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Four years ago today, on April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit. Eleven crewmen lost their lives in the blast, and the rig burned for the next thirty-six hours. Then, 41 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana, the Deepwater Horizon sank. At the wellhead, nearly a mile underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, the environmental disaster was just beginning. Oil gushed for the next three months, during which millions of barrels of oil mixed with millions of gallons of dispersant to contaminate more than 1,000 miles of coast.

A New Wave of Ocean Management: ELI Joins the Blue Halo Initiative as it Expands to Curacao and Montserrat

Antigua
Kathryn J. Mengerink

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for ELI Ocean Program in the Caribbean. Last week on Curacao, the Ministry of Health and Environment on behalf of Curacao and the Waitt Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to work together on Blue Halo Curacao. There is equal cause for celebration in Montserrat where a similar MOU was signed the prior week, launching Blue Halo Montserrat.

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