Florida Sea Grant expert: 10 years after oil spill, Gulf still on the mend

By Brad Buck, public relations specialist at UF/IFAS Communications. Access the original report here. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Nearly 10 years ago to the day, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig began spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. We know the Gulf is recovering, but it may be decades before science tells…

10 Things a Non-Scientist Has Learned in the Decade Since Deepwater Horizon

This post, originally published by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, was written by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s Tara Skelton to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Deepwater Horizon. To read the original post, click here. I was a freelance writer and mother of two living in coastal Mississippi when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began…

Birds fly into focus at February oil spill science seminar

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the site of the first oil spill science seminar of 2019—attendees will gather at the Louisiana Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (LDFW) on February 28 to spend the day learning about a variety of topics related to oil spills and birds. Birds & Oil Spills, a Sea Grant oil spill science…

Sea Grant collaborative workshop series debuts in Houma

Members of the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team stayed close to home to host Prioritizing Health and Oil Spill Preparedness in Houma, Louisiana on December 4 and 5. The two-day event was the inaugural workshop in the Regional priority setting for health, social, and economic disruption from spills series, the first of five…

December workshop to address oil spills and public health in Louisiana

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics; the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative; and Sea Grant will host Prioritizing Health and Oil Spill Preparedness  on December 4 and 5 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, Louisiana. This two-day event is the first in a series of workshops designed to take a community approach…

Oil spill specialists join scientists for dispersant testing

Two members of the Gulf Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team recently visited Ohmsett, an oil spill science testing facility overseen by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Florida Sea Grant’s Monica Wilson and Louisiana Sea Grant’s Emily Maung-Douglass traveled to New Jersey at the invitation of Tim Nedwed, Oil Spill Response…

Gulf-wide Sea Grant team receives national award for oil spill science outreach efforts

(OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.) – The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team received the National Superior Outreach Programming Award (SOPA), Sea Grant’s highest extension honor, at a Sept. 20 ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The team of outreach professionals is based in programs located around the Gulf of Mexico and works to synthesize and share peer-reviewed…

Oysters the focus of new Sea Grant oil spill science publication

In the Gulf of Mexico and around the country, oyster restoration and aquaculture is a hot topic. A popular seafood delicacy, oysters in the wild also perform important ecological functions. These shellfish naturally filter nutrients from water that passes through their gills and the reefs they live on help stabilize the shoreline. Both of these…

Sea Grant team tapped for oil industry ‘spill drill’

Texas Sea Grant Specialist Chris Hale, a member of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill science outreach team, spent a day in The Woodlands, Texas, participating in an oil industry exercise where response teams gathered to work through the management of a potential oil spill scenario. Anadarko’s response exercise is an annual preparedness activity that…