Oceanic Fish Restoration Project

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Project Location: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2015

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Fish / Fish Habitats

Project Description

The goal of the Pelagic Longline (PLL) Bycatch Reduction Project is to restore pelagic (open-ocean) fish. Many species of pelagic fish were likely exposed to oil and dispersants that were released during the Deepwater Horizon spill and response. The project aims to reduce bycatch by compensating fishers in the Gulf for voluntarily refraining from PLL fishing for a six-month period each year. The project will also provide participating fishermen with two alternative types of gear which are less likely to impact non-target species. Fishers participating in the repose will use the alternative gears to continue harvesting yellowfin tuna and swordfish during the repose period. The project includes a monitoring plan that will use fishery observers, vessel logbooks, and vessel monitoring systems has been developed to assess the benefits of the project.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 544
Project Name: Oceanic Fish Restoration Project
SourceUID: 58
Latitude: 28.3239541
Longitude: -88.18070198
Country: United States of America
State or Province: AL, FL, LA, MS, TX
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Species Restoration
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Fish / Fish Habitats
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Implementing Organization Type: Federal
Point of Contact – Name: Mel Landry
Point of Contact – Phone: mel.landry@noaa.gov
Point of Contact – Email: 225-778-7380
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/project?id=58
Project Comments: For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and status of projects, see http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/.
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 20000000
DWH Funder: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
DWH Funder Type: Joint
DWH Funding Program: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
DWH Dollar Amount : 20000000
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 0