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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : New Study Documents BP Oil’s Impact On Common Baitfish In Gulf Ecosystem
    commonly used baitfish The study finds that oil exposure has altered the killifish s cellular function in ways that are known to be predictive of developmental abnormalities decreased hatching success and decreased embryo and larval survival Land Tawney senior manager for sportsmen leadership with the National Wildlife Federation said today This study reminds us that the even small amounts of oil can have a lasting impact on fish wildlife and habitats These bull minnows are an important food source a staple for sportfish like redfish and speckled trout which are key species for the Mississippi River Delta s recreational fishing The study also reminds us that Congress has yet to act to protect the Gulf s ecosystem by passing comprehensive response legislation to restore this national treasure teeming with fish and wildlife We urgently need action now and sportsmen and women across the country are calling for Congress to dedicate fines and penalties from the oil spill to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf Coast Learn more about Vanishing Paradise s efforts to unite hunters and anglers on the important issue of Mississippi River Delta restoration at www vanishingparadise org Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel guidrye nwf org 225

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Vanishing Paradise Praises Senate Committee For Approving Gulf Restoration Bill
    address the associated economic harm suffered by the people and communities of the region Passing the RESTORE Act out of the EPW Committee by a voice vote shows the bipartisan support this issue commands NWF s Senior Manager for Sportsmen Leadership Land Tawney said The Mississippi River Delta is a national treasure that deserves to be made whole from the impacts of the largest oil spill this country has ever seen We must carry the momentum out of the committee and take it to the full Senate and House in a timely fashion The chorus of ducks quacking and redfish tailing has started but we must follow through to ensure our children can enjoy this phenomenal resource into the future Senators Mary Landrieu D LA and Richard Shelby R AL authored the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act which is cosponsored by nine of the 10 Gulf state senators They were joined as original cosponsors by Senators David Vitter R LA Jeff Sessions R AL Thad Cochran R MS Roger Wicker R MS Bill Nelson D FL Marco Rubio R FL and Kay Bailey Hutchison R TX EPW Committee Chairwoman Sen Barbara Boxer D CA was instrumental in securing her committee s support for the bill The coastal wetlands surrounding the Mississippi River Delta provide crucial wildlife habitat that help Louisiana live up to its nickname as a Sportsman s Paradise The delta provides a winter or stopover ground for 10 million migratory waterfowl each year which accounts for up to 70 of the ducks and geese using the Mississippi and Central flyways The delta also supports world class salt and freshwater fishing opportunities But sadly this Sportsman s Paradise is vanishing at an alarming rate Nearly 1 900 square miles an area the size of the state of Delaware

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Bipartisan Support For Restoration
    Marco Rubio R FL and Kay Bailey Hutchison R TX Sen Barbara Boxer D CA Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee who was instrumental in securing the agreement among the senators has pledged to consider this bill in her committee quickly Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Governor s Office The Gulf region has suffered from years of degradation and the oil spill added insult to injury Land Tawney NWF s Senior Manager for Sportsmen Leadership said We look forward to working with the Gulf delegation other members of Congress and the administration on passage of a bill that makes this critical ecosystem whole again The Mississippi River Delta is a national treasure important to hunters and anglers from all corners of our country We applaud the efforts led by Senators Landrieu and Shelby to restore this Sportsman s Paradise A bipartisan poll this spring showed that 83 percent of voters nationwide support dedicating the Gulf oil spill penalties to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast The poll also showed that an overwhelming majority of conservative voters favor this proposal including 76 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of voters who agree with the Tea Party movement Nearly 500 miles almost half of the coastline in Louisiana Mississippi Alabama and Florida that was contaminated by the Gulf oil spill remain oiled one year later according to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration The Mississippi River Delta hosts as many as 10 million ducks over the winter Coastal Louisiana is one of the most significant wintering areas for waterfowl in North America and plays an important role in our nation s rich waterfowling tradition DU s Director of Public Policy Barton James said Hunting and fishing are vital streams of revenue for our nation s economy By

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Vanishing Paradise Praises Gulf Senators For Cosponsoring Restoration Bill
    Sens David Vitter R LA Jeff Sessions R AL Thad Cochran R MS Roger Wicker R MS Bill Nelson D FL Marco Rubio R FL and Kay Bailey Hutchison R TX Sen Barbara Boxer D CA Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee who was instrumental in securing the agreement among the senators has pledged to consider this bill in her committee quickly The Gulf region has suffered from years of degradation and the oil spill added insult to injury Land Tawney NWF s Senior Manager for Sportsmen Leadership said We look forward to working with the Gulf delegation other members of Congress and the administration on passage of a bill that makes this critical ecosystem whole again The Mississippi River Delta is a national treasure important to hunters and anglers from all corners of our country We applaud the efforts led by Senators Landrieu and Shelby to restore this Sportsman s Paradise A bipartisan poll this spring showed that 83 percent of voters nationwide support and 69 percent strongly support dedicating the Gulf oil spill penalties to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast The poll also showed that an overwhelming majority of conservative voters favor this proposal including 76 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of voters who agree with the Tea Party movement Nearly 500 miles almost half of the coastline in Louisiana Mississippi Alabama and Florida that was contaminated by the Gulf oil spill remain oiled one year later according to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration Coastal Louisiana is one of the most significant wintering areas for waterfowl in North America and plays an important role in our nation s rich waterfowling tradition DU s Director of Public Policy Barton James said Hunting and fishing are vital streams of revenue for our

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Sportsmen Tell Congress: Use Oil Spill Fines To Restore The Gulf
    from over twenty of the top hunting and angling companies and conservation organizations in the country including The Sportsman Channel B A S S The American Sportfishing Association Drake Waterfowl Frabill Webley Scott and Lund Boats The oil spill sent over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf oiling hundreds of miles of shore and closing tens of thousands of square miles of fishing areas Land Tawney senior manager of sportsmen leadership for NWF said It is our responsibility as Americans to do right by the Gulf The oil spill particularly impacted the Mississippi River Delta a region that hosts as many 10 million ducks and geese every winter and offers some of the best fresh and saltwater fishing in the country The Gulf Coast has incredibly diverse fishing opportunities and is the country s most important wintering habitat for ducks and geese Tawney continued These fragile coastal wetlands are the nursery for the Gulf s food web and restoring the health of this region is vital to the nation s economic interest The Gulf Coast supports a 23 billion dollar fishing industry with the Mississippi River Delta region alone providing 30 of the seafood caught domestically But the Gulf was in trouble even before the oil spill with the Gulf Coast as a whole losing an estimated 60 000 acres of wetlands annually The Mississippi River Delta is losing land particularly rapidly on average an area of wetlands the size of a football field disappears every hour We re calling on Congress to dedicate the Clean Water Act fines to Gulf restoration Tawney continued The money from these penalties rightfully belongs at work restoring the places affected It s time for Congress to step up and support restoring the Gulf and protecting our nation s hunting and fishing

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Mercury Marine Gives Support To Sportsmen’s Effort To Restore Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands
    Louisiana s coastline These wetlands play an important role in maintaining a sustainable fish population throughout the Gulf of Mexico that is essential to the recreational and commercial fishing industry Flood control and navigation projects that have isolated the Mississippi River from its delta and the widespread construction of canals over that last 80 years have led to the loss of more than 2000 square miles of wetlands barrier islands and other habitats along Louisiana s coast an area about the size of the state of Delaware An area of wetlands the size of a football field is lost every 38 minutes in Louisiana Louisiana s coast is truly a Sportsmen s Paradise and is home to some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in the world said National Wildlife Federation Sportsmen s Outreach Coordinator Land Tawney But that paradise is literally vanishing before our eyes Simply put if we don t act quickly one of the greatest places on earth to hunt and fish is going to wash away Having Mercury a company universally recognized as one of the best in the business give its support will go a long way in the effort to save this incredible resource Louisiana contains about 40 percent of the nation s coastal wetlands but experiences 90 percent of the nation s wetland loss Those wetlands serve as nursery grounds for fish and shellfish that populate the entire Gulf of Mexico and overwinter millions of waterfowl and other migrating birds The continued loss of Louisiana s coast not only threatens one of the world s most productive fishery and wildlife habitats but has removed the natural protection of Louisiana s coastal communities from hurricanes As we saw by the record setting fish weighed in during the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans in

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Down Payment For Coastal Restoration
    This Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA down payment is a significant first step toward restoration in coastal Louisiana and the other Gulf states Vanishing Paradise released the following statement This 1 billion down payment is an exciting first step on the long road to restoring the Gulf Coast from damages suffered throughout last year s BP oil spill said Land Tawney National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for sportsmen leadership Encroaching oil caused serious impacts to coastal Louisiana and its wetland habitats that support an abundance of our nation s fish waterfowl and other wildlife These threatened resources urgently need restoration The NRDA funds announced today combined with other potential sources of funding give us an opportunity to achieve lasting meaningful restoration of our Gulf Coast The Trustees involved are Alabama Florida Louisiana Mississippi Texas the Department of the Interior DOI and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA The Department of Justice provided assistance in reaching the agreement New Orleans LA April 22 2011 Contact Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation guidrye nwf org 225 253 9781 PDF of statement vp nrda release pdf newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : One Year Later: A Look At The BP Oil Disaster’s Effects On Wildlife
    oil disaster could not have happened at a worse time for many commercially and recreationally important fish species that were spawning Larry Schweiger NWF s President and CEO said Coastal Louisiana also provides a warm winter habitat for 10 million ducks and waterfowl each year many of which were starting their annual migrations when the oil spill hit While the long term impacts of the BP oil disaster remain unknown one thing is certain Congress must get together now to achieve Gulf Coast restoration We must ensure that penalty money collected from BP is reinvested into reviving an environmentally and economically healthy Gulf ecosystem The continued damage the oil spill wreaked on Louisiana s coastal wetlands threaten important fish and waterfowl populations including the largest catch of redfish world class opportunities for speckled trout tuna and rockfish and 70 of the waterfowl from the Mississippi and Central flyways winter in coastal Louisiana and truly make the state a Sportsmen s Paradise There is no doubt that last year s oil spill has resulted in major consequences for habitat waterfowl and other wildlife on the Gulf Coast In order to protect this vital ecosystem from vanishing we must focus on policy initiatives and projects that will prevent the long term loss of Louisiana coastal wetlands said DU CEO Dale Hall NWF and DU have joined together to form Vanishing Paradise a bold effort to raise awareness of hunters and anglers on the important issue of conserving coastal Louisiana s damaged wetlands Hunters and anglers have long been at the forefront of the conservation movement Schweiger continued Now the Gulf Coast needs sportsmen and women to unite to support large scale restoration of the Gulf ecosystem We must reconnect the Mississippi River with the wetlands and ensure that Clean Water Act penalties

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