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  • An alligator on a vegetated water bank.
    Alligator sunning at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Steve Hillebrand.

    Gulf Restoration

    Restoring the Gulf of Mexico and its wild inhabitants The Gulf of Mexico is critically important to the health and vitality of our nation’s natural and economic resources. Over the last century, however, the Gulf’s environment has deteriorated significantly due to factors such as: Climate Change Sea-level rise Loss of critical wetlands and coastal habitats Decreasing water quality and quantity Invasive species Natural disasters like hurricanes, and man-made disasters like oil spills, exacerbate the damage.  Learn more...

  • A USFWS biologist holding a fuzzy orange Mississippi Sandhill crane chick to take measurements.
    Information icon A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee gently examines a Mississippi sandhill crane chick. Photo by USFWS.

    About the Gulf Restoration Team

    The USFWS is an active member of, and collaboratively involved with, the key groups and administrative processes overseeing many Gulf restoration funds.  Learn more...

  • A large fireball flows from the side of a deepwater oil rig as firefighters spray the rig with water.
    Information icon Flaring off Deepwater Horizon gas. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson, U.S. Coast Guard.


    The Service plays a role in funding streams for restoration and conservation projects in the Gulf of Mexico region resulting from legal settlements related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Learn more...

  • A large group of bright white pelicans each with an orange beak and webbed feet.
    Information icon American white pelicans are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.

    Our Responsibilities

    The Service has a mandate to protect, conserve and/or enhance certain species and land on behalf of the American people.  Learn more...

  • A brown and black feathered bird with a long narrow beak floating on ultra-smooth water.
    Dowitchers are long-range migrants that use a distinctive sewing machine-like feeding action when foraging across the mud flats of the Gulf region. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.

    Our Vision

    The Service collaborates with partners and other stakeholders to conserve, protect and enhance the fish, wildlife, plants and habitat of the Gulf of Mexico region.  Learn more...

  • A light brown bird with dark markings on it's back and a long curved beak.
    Information icon Long-billed curlew. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.

    Target Species

    The Service has identified target species in the Gulf of Mexico watershed, i.e., species on which we are currently concentrating our science and on-the-ground restoration efforts to strategically address conservation and restoration needs.  Learn more...

  • Volunteers form a 'bucket brigade' to pass mesh bags full of rocks down a shoreline.
    Information icon North Deer Island protection and restoration project in Galveston Bay, Texas. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.

    “Next Steps”

    The Service has identified objectives and proposed actions that we believe to be the most compelling and have the greatest likelihood of success for our natural resource responsibilities in specific focal areas of the Gulf of Mexico watershed.  Learn more...

  • An ATV in a grassy field with sparse pine trees.
    Information icon A crowded Gulf Coast beach. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.

    Focal Areas

    The Service approaches Gulf of Mexico restoration and conservation using geographically based biological planning units that represent a convergence of boundaries already recognized and used by others.  Learn more...

  • Hundreds of white birds cover a marshy landscape with green cordgrass and a bright blue sky.
    Information icon Marsh at a Houston Audubon Society Sanctuary at Bolivar Flats, Texas. Photo by Woody Woodrow, USFWS.


    The Service document, “Next Steps for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed,” promotes specific courses of action aimed at conserving, protecting and enhancing the fish, wildlife, plants and habitat of the Gulf of Mexico region.  Learn more...

  • A beige landscape dotted with small lakes and wetlands yields to several arrays of large wind turbines.
    Information icon In the United States, the Gulf of Mexico watershed reaches as far north as the Prairie Pothole region. This wind farm is located among some of region’s “potholes” found along the North and South Dakota border. Photo by Krista Lundgren, USFWS.

    A Gulf-Wide Restoration Perspective

    The Service Gulf Restoration staff works with partners and others to ensure a coordinated, strategic approach to the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico watershed.  Learn more...

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