The TRCP and partners welcomed the announcement of a federal plan detailing implementation of the RESTORE Act. Photo by Dusan Smetana.
Restoration of the fisheries, natural resources and economies devastated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill progressed at the end of January with the release of a federal plan detailing implementation of the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act.
The report, “The Path Forward to Restoring the Gulf Coast,” released by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, outlines the strategy for allocating and dispensing Gulf Coast restoration funds. The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties charged to BP and other entities responsible for the disaster to rehabilitation of resources in the Gulf region.
The TRCP and its partners welcomed the announcement and confirmed that recreational anglers – both in the Gulf and across the country – intend to remain heavily invested in restoration of the region’s natural resources and fisheries and will engage with federal decision makers as the RESTORE Act is implemented.
“The RESTORE Act stands as a welcome instance of bipartisan collaboration,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh, “and sportsmen are heartened to see progress being made toward recovering the Gulf Coast’s unique natural resources, as well as the outdoor activities and economies that rely on a healthy Gulf ecosystem.”
Nationally, activities related to saltwater angling support 243,000 jobs and contribute more than $32 billion annually to the economy. Of this total, the Gulf region supports close to 100,000 jobs and generates more than $10 billion annually.
Following the oil spill, the TRCP developed a series of recommendations for restoration of the Gulf’s fisheries, fish and wildlife habitat, and economy. The TRCP will continue to solicit input from the region’s recreational anglers regarding specific conservation projects and activities.
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