NFWF's History in the Gulf
NFWF has more than two decades of experience as a conservation leader in the Gulf of Mexico. Our ongoing collaborations with federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, corporations and foundations have protected and restored species and habitats throughout the region.
Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, NFWF invested nearly $23 million between 2010 and 2012 to benefit Gulf Coast natural resources (see project list). Working with a wide network of agencies and conservation groups, NFWF implemented a restoration strategy to boost populations of sea turtles, shorebirds, seabirds, oysters and fish. These post-spill investments, made possible through the Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife, continue to yield results for wildlife and coastal ecosystems.
To date, NFWF’s actions after the oil spill have resulted in approximately 80,000-100,000 additional sea turtle hatchlings annually. NFWF grantees also restored over 500,000 acres of wetland habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds, rebuilt more than three miles of oyster reefs and enhanced capacity at 14 wildlife rescue facilities.
NFWF also worked with FedEx during the summer of 2010 to transfer 25,000 endangered sea turtle eggs from the Gulf coast to the Atlantic coast—one of the largest wildlife relocations in history.
In 2013, a U.S. District Court approved two plea agreements resolving certain criminal cases against BP and Transocean which arose from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to NFWF to fund projects benefiting the natural resources of the Gulf Coast that were impacted by the spill. NFWF established the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) in May 2013 and made initial GEBF project obligations from it six months later.