Oyster reefs. “We saw reasons for hope in the Gulf, in the outpouring of support for our long-term restoration efforts, work that goes well beyond the immediate impacts of the spill.more than 500 volunteers helped build a ¼ mile oyster reef along Mobile Bay in Alabama, part of a larger effort to build 100 miles of oyster reefs and to help protect and expand 1000 acres of marsh…”Captions: Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy Photo source: ©© U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters
“In May 2010, I flew over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As we made our way over the Gulf, we saw the slick spreading like fingers toward the coast. We also saw shrimp boats pressed into service as oil skimmers, and met people whose livelihoods depended on healthy Gulf lands and waters.
Life in the Gulf is entwined with the marshes, the rivers, the forests and the sea. I can think of few other places, certainly in the United States, where people are so closely linked to their environment…”