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Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

In early 2013, a U.S. District Court approved two plea agreements resolving certain criminal cases against BP and Transocean which arose from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to fund projects benefiting the natural resources of the Gulf Coast that were impacted by the spill.

Between 2013 and 2018, NFWF’s newly established Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive a total of $1.272 billion for barrier island and river diversion projects in Louisiana, $356 million each for natural resource projects in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and $203 million for similar projects in Texas.

Through its fifth round of awards, the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund has supported 121 projects worth nearly $1 billion. In making the awards, NFWF has worked closely with key state and federal resource agencies to select projects that remedy harm and eliminate or reduce the risk of future harm to Gulf Coast natural resources.

In aggregate, these projects will:
  • Protect, restore and enhance more than 94,000 acres of wetlands and other coastal habitats
  • Restore 7.5 miles of critical barrier island & beach/dune habitat in Louisiana
  • Protect over 14 miles of critical shoreline in coastal Texas and Alabama
  • Protect nearly 7,500 nests annually for priority beach-nesting birds in Florida, Mississippi, and Texas
  • Increase sea turtle hatchlings by reducing light pollution across Florida Panhandle beaches
  • Advance priority river diversion projects to benefit coastal Louisiana
  • Bolster fish populations through improved management and data collection
  • Restore more than 800 acres of oyster reef
  • Increase capacity to treat injured marine mammals and sea turtles

Click here to view a comprehensive list of projects awarded by the GEBF.

Click on the map below to learn how the Fund works in each of the Gulf states.


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