Restoring the

Mississippi River Delta

Overview of the issue

Nearly 2,000 square miles of prime fish and wildlife habitat have vanished along Louisiana’s coast. The sea level is rising at the same time that the land is sinking and eroding, because sediment that was historically delivered by annual flooding on the Mississippi River has been cut off by flood-protection and navigation levees for a century.

Habitat conditions were made even worse in 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon suffered an explosion and sank, causing the largest oil spill ever to occur in U.S. waters. Reparation fees paid by BP, however, have created once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and fish habitat and undo more than just oil spill damage. Watch our videos to learn how.

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Castin Cajun Pontchartrain Trout Fishing in New Orleans Part Two

Catching speckled trout and redfish and talking about freshwater and grass with the Castin’ Cajun Tony Fontenot and Capt. Mike Gallo in December 2017.

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Fishing the MR-GO on Castin' Cajun

Talking coastal restoration and flood protection and catching some specks and reds with the Castin’ Cajun in January 2016.

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Saving the Coast

The TRCP’s Chris Macaluso joins Pro Bass Angler Greg Hackney on Louisiana Sportsman TV in April 2018 to talk coastal restoration in the marshes near New Orleans.

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Chris Macaluso, Grass Beds in Louisiana - Louisiana Sportsman TV

Center for Marine Fisheries Director Chris Macaluso talks about the importance of grass beds for fishing in Louisiana and across the Gulf on Louisiana Sportsman TV in July 2014.

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