The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) coordinates with DEP, and other federal, state and local agencies on oil spill response efforts, contributing scientific guidance and GIS mapping assistance. FWC is committed to remaining involved in the response to ensure a smooth transition to normal operations regarding fish and wildlife conservation. In addition, FWC will continue to be involved in research activities into the future to further assess potential impacts from the spill.
Florida Division of Emergency Management’s State Emergency Response Team actively monitored the Deepwater Horizon response effort with representatives present at Unified Command at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Mobile to coordinate the efforts to protect Florida’s shoreline. The State Emergency Operations Center is currently at a Level 3 monitoring status.
The Department of Health is closely monitoring health and
environmental impacts to Florida. In coordination with DEP
and the impacted gulf coast counties, the department has
established criteria for use by county health departments to
issue and rescind health advisories and other public health
messaging regarding any oil impacts along Florida’s coast
due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service has
been monitoring the Gulf and ensuring Florida’s seafood
safety. Florida seafood products are safe and plentiful and
have not been affected by the oil spill.
Visit Florida, the official tourism
marketing agency for the state of Florida, has played an
integral role in keeping Florida’s residents and visitors
informed. More information on their specific response
activities is available at
Florida's Tourism Marketing
Response to the Gulf Oil Spill.
Florida Sea Grant is a partnership between NOAA, the Florida
Board of Education, Florida's citizens, academic
researchers, industries and governments. Sea Grant promotes
a sustainable coastal economy and environment through
academic research, education and extension.
Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) is a statewide
consortium of universities and research laboratories
allowing development of both human assets and physical
infrastructure with a vision of elevating Florida into a
leadership position in oceanographic and coastal education
and research. Now entering its 45th year, FIO is taking a
leading national role in the scientific assessment of the
impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of
The official federal portal for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and recovery provides information on response, operations, news, updates, how to file a claim and obtain other assistance and links to federal, state and local partners.
Established by a
White House Executive Order on October 5, 2010, the task force is responsible for planning and coordinating intergovernmental responsibilities and facilitating the exchange of information to better implement Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration and to address the longstanding ecological decline in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the impacts of the BP oil spill.
In response to the BP oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitored air, water, sediment and waste generated by the cleanup operations. While emergency response data has ended, results continue to be available on this site.
The Oil Pollution Act authorizes certain agencies, states and Indian tribes to evaluate the impacts of oil spills, ship groundings and hazardous substances released on natural resources. These trustees are responsible for studying the effects of the spill through a legal process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). DEP and other trustees adhere to the
NRDA process to identify the extent of resource injuries, the best method for restoring those injuries resources and the type and amount of restoration required.
In response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Data.gov is featuring data from the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the states of Florida and Louisiana related to the spill, its effects, and the cleanup effort. Data include oil and gas flow and recovery measurements, air and water sample data, oil spill-related exposure information, and other data of interest to scientists, recovery workers, and citizens.
Track latest events associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the state of Alabama.
Visit for news and updates, an overview of the NRDA process and to view NRDA data, pre-assessment work plans and submit restoration project ideas for the state of Louisiana.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working closely with state and federal agencies and BP officials to protect fish and wildlife resources along the state's coastline following the oil rig explosion in the Gulf on April 20, 2010. Contains news updates and information on fishing closures.
View Mississippi’s state government resources for oil spill response, news, FAQ and important links.
Presentations from public meetings, news on fishing closures and FDA testing results for the state of Mississippi can be found here.
The Texas General Land Office is a national leader in oil spill research. Groundbreaking work on oil dispersants, shoreline cleaners, bioremediation and high-frequency radar have been funded by the Land Office research and development program. The program responds to about 900 reported oil spills each year and works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill site, hosted by the four Gulf Sea Grant programs, provides visitors with current information about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as easy access to the archives of science-based and objective content gathered in the wake of the spill. Content will be continually updated, and visitors should check back often for new and revised information.
This website is part of a collaborative effort to provide responsive, scientifically based multimedia outreach to the public regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The work is being conducted by investigators from the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Mississippi State University. The team is collaborating with the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, Central Gulf of Mexico. The project is funded by a Rapid Response Grant from the National Science Foundation.