The Conservancy has been working to restore the Gulf of Mexico since long before the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill brought it to the world’s attention in such a tragic way. Though the oil has stopped flowing, the story in the Gulf of Mexico is far from over.
As we mark the second anniversary of the spill, it is important to note that the Gulf still faces many challenges beyond cleaning up the oil. After decades of damage, large-scale restoration is needed to rebuild the marshes, seagrasses, oyster beds, coastal forests and barrier islands that are the foundation of all life in the Gulf of Mexico and basis for the economic engine that contributes to the nation's economy.
To help meet this need and show that restoration is both necessary and possible, the Conservancy spent the last two years—with the help and support of our donors and partners—expanding and accelerating our work to protect and restore the ecological and economic infrastructure of the Gulf. We are committed to long-term restoration. Our more than 35 years of experience here provides us with the tools and information to get started, but it will take the efforts of many people—from non-profits, to businesses, to communities and governments—to return the Gulf to health.
A snapshot of our restoration work in the Gulf, and the impacts on its people, wildlife and economy. Watch now
Explore this interactive map of current and historical projects in the Gulf and learn about the places and wildlife we work to protect
Mark Tercek, Conservancy CEO, announces new partnership with Oxfam in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more
Q&A with Minor Sinclair of Oxfam America about a new partnership with the Conservancy. Read more
Check out our new Gulf of Mexico Facebook page for the latest news around the Gulf, photos of wildlife, volunteer opportunities and more!
A look back at the last two years, and what the Gulf needs to move forward
Our cloud-based program puts restoration at your fingertips so you can try your hand at restoring the Gulf. How could sea level rise affect Pensacola Bay? Where are the most promising places for oyster restoration? Give it a Try
Gulf restoration is essential for our economy and way of life. Watch a video and be inspired
Our interactive oyster reef shows why oysters are so much more than just a delicious appetizer. Explore
Louisiana Reef Rodeo celebrates restoration in the Gulf
Working on the ground and in the water from Florida to Texas. Read why our staff love this body of water