Gulf Coast Restoration Council Seeks Comments on Draft Initial Priorities List

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has announced that it is seeking public and tribal review and comments on the Council’s proposal to fund $140 million in restoration activities and to reserve ~$43.6 million to implement additional activities in the future (subject to further Council review). In addition to 8 Gulf-wide projects, the draft Initial… More »

BSEE to Host International Regulators’ Forum Offshore Safety Conference

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement recently announced that the agency will host the 2015 International Regulators’ Forum Offshore Safety Conference “Risk Reduction: From Desktop to Deck Plate” in Washington, DC on Oct. 19-20.  Registration is now open and accessible here. Speakers include BSEE Director Brian Salerno, regulators from Australia, Norway, Brazil, Canada, and… More »

Comments Sought on Possible ESA Listing for Smooth Hammerhead, Bigeye Thresher Sharks

In response to an April 2015 petition filed by Defenders of Wildlife, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service recently announced that it is seeking comments on its 90-day finding that substantial scientific or commercial information indicates that it may be warranted to list the smooth hammerhead shark as an endangered or threatened species range-wide (or alternatively… More »

NOAA Issues Final Marine Mammal SARs for 2014, Includes Atlantic/GOM Stocks

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has announced the availability of final marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) for 2014 for the 88 stocks that are currently finalized. The final SAR’s include revisions of 30 Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico stock assessment reports for species including but not limited to the North Atlantic right whale, Bryde’s… More »