Virtual Tour: The State of the Gulf of Mexico Two Years Later

Report assesses what we know now and looks at the uncertain road ahead.

04-10-2012 // Jaclyn McDougal

Media Advisory

Contact: Jaclyn McDougal, National Wildlife Federation, 678-436-5072, mcdougalj@NWF.org

Virtual Tour: The State of the Gulf of Mexico Two Years Later

As the two-year mark of the Gulf oil disaster approaches, what is the state of the Gulf of Mexico? What’s the updated outlook for some of the Gulf of Mexico’s key species? How has the oil impacted critical coastal habitats? Have policymakers done enough to help the Gulf’s economy and ecosystems survive?

,p>A revised National Wildlife Federation report “A Degraded Gulf of Mexico: Wildlife and Wetlands Two Years into the Gulf Oil Disaster,” prepared by Senior Scientist Dr. Doug Inkley, assesses what we know now and looks at the uncertain road ahead.

WHAT: Tele-Press Conference and Virtual Tour Webinar

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: 1-800-791-2345, 95208#

http://www.telspanvenue.com/NWFCampus4

Audio will not be available via the webinar link. Please dial in.

The webinar will open at 10:50 a.m. ET. Please test your computer prior to the day of the event by clicking here to test technical requirements.

WHO: Dr. Doug Inkley, National Wildlife Federation Senior Scientist

Dr. George Crozier, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Director (retired)

David Muth, NWF Coastal Louisiana State Director

Captain Ryan Lambert, Hunting/ Fishing Guide, Owner of Cajun Fishing Adventures

BACKGROUND: The oil spill started two years ago, but wildlife and habitats in and around the Gulf of Mexico continue to suffer in the wake of this unprecedented disaster. Gulf coast recovery efforts must include comprehensive plans to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine habitats and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast ecosystem, which are the lifeline for so many wildlife species at risk. NWF and its partners in Gulf restoration will not rest until the Gulf is repaired and brought back to a healthy state. A restored and healthy Gulf will also restore the ecosystem, the economy, and the lives and livelihoods of the Gulf Coast. It is essential for Congress to pass the RESTORE Act to reinvest penalties and fines to restoring the Gulf.

Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s response to the Gulf oil disaster at NWF.org/OilSpill.

B-roll and photos are available on request- please contact Jaclyn McDougal, 678-436-5072 or mcdougalj@nwf.org

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