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Millionth Spiny Superhero Released to Devour Hawaiʻi's Coral-Smothering Algae

One million sea urchins have now been deployed through the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources’ work in partnership with NOAA to restore corals after the M/V Cape Flattery grounded on an Oʻahu reef.
December 06, 2023 - Feature Story ,

Eighteen Barges, for 18 Acres … of Louisiana Oysters

A new reef taking shape in Lake Calcasieu offers new habitat for oysters and fish, and commercial and recreational harvesting for oyster lovers.
October 17, 2023 - Feature Story ,
a women in a blue shirt, gloves, and sunglasses measures an oyster Oysters thrive in the warm, nutrient-rich waters of Lake Calcasieu (Photo: NOAA)

Two NOAA Programs Support Restoration After Coastal Pollution

NOAA is “Growing Habitat Together” through the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration and the Deepwater Horizon programs.
July 18, 2023 - Feature Story ,
a marsh is shown with 3 boats going down a river with a wake behind them Healthy habitats are vital to our nation’s fisheries and protected species—and to our vibrant coastal economies. (Credit: State of Louisiana)

Community Comes Together to Replant a Restored Marsh in North Carolina

Marsh restoration in the Cape Fear River Basin is helping to improve water quality and offer storm protection.
July 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
a marsh with juvenile plants is shown with multiple volunteers in the background  New plants are shown in the Carolina Beach marsh area (NOAA Fisheries)

Meet Eric Weissberger, Oyster Restoration Coordinator for Deepwater Horizon

Eric Weissberger brings years of expertise as a shellfish biologist to his role as oyster restoration coordinator. He helps the five Gulf states and NOAA work together to rebuild oyster reefs after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
November 15, 2022 - Feature Story ,
a man in a red boat rows in a small harbor. Eric Weissberger is the Oyster Restoration Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon restoration program.

Great Meadows Marsh Project is Restoring Salt Marsh Habitat and Building Resilience in Coastal Connecticut

Restoration of nearly 40 acres of salt marsh and other coastal habitats will help Great Meadows Marsh in Long Island Sound respond to sea level rise. The effort is supported by funding from three pollution cases in Connecticut.
May 16, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Construction equipment and workers in a wetland Creek construction to restore normal tidal flow in and out of Great Meadows Marsh. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jim Turek.

Gulf Reef Fish Anglers: Help Reef Fish Survive Release with Free Gear

Have you caught and released reef fish, only to see them float away on the surface? The Return 'Em Right project is now providing recreational anglers Gulf-wide with the knowledge and tools—for free—to improve reef fish survival.
May 10, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Person on a boat wearing a Return Em Right tee shirt Return 'Em Right provides support and resources to anglers committed to using best release practices and helping reef fish survive release. Credit: Return 'Em Right.

River Herring Science in Support of Species Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration

River herring populations are at all-time lows as a consequence of historic dam construction, habitat loss, habitat degradation, and overfishing.
December 22, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Small stripped fish in school against rocky bottom.

NOAA and Deepwater Horizon Trustees Report on Progress Restoring the Gulf of Mexico

Federal and state agencies are restoring the Gulf after the largest oil spill in the United States. $2.4 billion in settlement funds were committed to habitat and resource restoration through 2020. Settlement payments will continue through 2031.
November 30, 2021 - Feature Story ,
On a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach looking out to the water with a pier. Federal and state partners are committed to periodically re-examining the Deepwater Horizon restoration program through programmatic reviews. Credit: Jeanne Allen/Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council