Deepwater Horizon’s Impact on Wildlife

Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April of 2010, the National Wildlife Federation and its Gulf of Mexico Restoration program have closely monitored the scientific research on the impacts of the disaster on wildlife and the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico. 

In late 2015, the federal government released an in-depth official report, known as the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. This comprehensive study makes it clear that wildlife and habitats throughout northern Gulf were damaged by the oil and dispersants, and for many species the impacts are ongoing. The report concluded, “These injuries affected such a broad array of linked resources and ecological services over such a large area that they can best be described as an injury to the entire ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico.” 
Here are some of the findings from the federal report and additional peer-reviewed research into the impacts of the disaster:

Dolphins and Whales

Sea Turtles



The Gulf Floor

Coastal Habitats

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