This campaign asks federal agencies to work with their stakeholders to "coordinate a comprehensive campaign to build and sustain national preparedness, including public outreach and community-based and private-sector programs to enhance national resilience..."
Derelict traps generated by the Florida Keys commercial spiny lobster fishery can result in damage to the benthic habitat (meaning located on the ocean floor) such as seagrass beds and corals. During the passage of a tropical cyclone, strong currents and turbulence are generated underwater which can move spiny lobster traps, creating the potential for lost traps and habitat damage.
Wednesday, April 20, is the six-year anniversary of the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. That terrible incident was the start of a three month-long oil spill of millions of gallons per day until the well was capped on July 15, 2010. The cleanup took years to complete, the natural resource damage assessment was just finalized this spring, and restoration activities will take decades to complete.