Waterkeeper Updates

Depleted oyster beds just need time to rest, biologist says

It took one day for a state biologist to figure out why the oyster harvest in East Bay and Escambia Bay is dramatically off this season.

There's low production of oysters because oyster beds are being depleted and cannot sustain current levels of oyster production, said John Gunter, a shellfish biologist with the Department of Agriculture's Division of Aquaculture.

He stopped short of saying the beds have been over-harvested by local oystermen. He also ruled out water pollution and disease for the decline.

Prescription Drug Round-Up was a SUCCESS!

Saturday, October 29th was an amazing day for the Pharmaceutical Round-Up collection effort! Over 927 pounds of unused or unwanted pharmaceuticals were collected in a 5-hour period. This is a 640% increase over the April 30, 2011 Take-Back event (125 pounds)!

Investigation of East Bay Oyster Die-Off Mystery Underway

Dale Rooks says his customers are "crying" for East Bay oysters.

But the large, palm-sized oysters, renowned for their sweetness, are not showing up on his Marina Oyster Barn's menu as the seasonal dish customers expect this time of the year.

State of the Gulf: Seven Key Findings

In the beginning of October Gulf Coast Waterkeepers released the "State of the Gulf: A Status Report from the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster". It included seven key findings from our unique vantage point of water quality advocates impacted by the nation's worst environmental. I'm laying them out below in case you haven't had the chance to read the report. But I know you want to, so download it here! 

Gulf Coast Media You Want to See

Last week Gulf Coast Waterkeepers released the collaboratively written report "State of the Gulf: A Status Report from Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster". The report tells the story of the Gulf Coast recovery over the past year after our nation's largest environmental disaster. It includes oyster, shrimp, soil, and water samples and talks about the flawed FDA levels of concern for Gulf seafood. If you haven't already read it, please do.

We Must Continue to Hold Oil Polluters Accountable

One-year ago today the Obama Administration lifted a moratorium on new deepwater oil-drilling. The moratorium, put in place on April 30, 2010, was the federal government's attempt to prevent new catastrophic oil disasters in the Gulf of Mexico. It was issued only a month after President Obama expanded offshore oil drilling areas stating oil spills don’t usually happen from drilling. We all know what happened in between those two days. The BP oil disaster.

Waterkeepers Send Intent to Sue for Chronic Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

Press Release

Waterkeepers Serve Notice of Intent to Sue Under Federal Environmental Laws, Targeting Oil Spills from the “Taylor Wells” in the Gulf of Mexico

October 12, 2011

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Releases Preliminary Strategy Report

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (GCERTF) was created by Executive Order 13554 on October 5, 2010 to coordinate intergovernmental implementation of restoration, support the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process, present to the President a Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, engage local stakeholders to inform the work of the Task Force, provide leadership and coordination of research needs in support of restoration planning and decision making, and prepare a biennial update for the President on progress toward the goals of Gulf Coast restoration.

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