Ocean Conservancy Applauds Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Updated Comprehensive Plan

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released a draft update to its Comprehensive Plan, to restore the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem and economy in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. The Council released its first Comprehensive Plan, “The Path Forward to Restoring the Gulf Coast,” in 2013.

         The following is a statement from Kara Lankford, interim director for Ocean Conservancy’s Gulf Restoration Program, in response to Tuesday’s announcement:


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         “The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is headed in the right direction, and we think this updated plan represents progress. This plan update wasn’t due until 2018, so the Council is ahead of schedule.

         “The Council has a huge task ahead to help restore the environment of the Gulf region. Commendably, they have committed to restoring the Gulf ecosystem by working in a more holistic fashion, rather than state by state, or agency by agency. Dolphins and many other Gulf wildlife swim across state lines, and that is why it is necessary for Council members to work together to restore the Gulf ecosystem as a whole.”

         “Likewise, we’re pleased to see the Council include a renewed commitment to updating and improving how science will be utilized in its project selection processes. At Ocean Conservancy we believe science should be the building block of this restoration effort. We look forward to providing the Council with additional feedback to guide restoration in the future.”

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         Ocean Conservancy’s mission is to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges by creating science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

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