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About Andrea Dell'Apa

Andrea Dell’Apa is the Marine Restoration Specialist in Ocean Conservancy’s Gulf Restoration Program. He grew up in Rome, Italy, and after spending many summer vacations along the Tyrrhenian Sea coast in his childhood he developed a deep fascination for the marine environment and decided to become a marine biologist. Over the last decade, Andrea has researched on the management of coastal and marine resources, with a particular interest on shark ecology, ecosystem-based management, and restoration of marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico. In his spare time you can hear him rocking his guitar and kicking a soccer ball, occasionally at the same time.

The Next Chapter in Restoring the Gulf Beyond the Shore

Posted On March 29, 2017 by

Almost seven years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, spilling 210 million gallons of oil and killing 11 people. An unprecedented $20.8 billion settlement between the U.S. government and BP was finalized in April 2016. But until now, the full amount of funding has not been available to restore the wildlife and habitats affected by the BP oil disaster.  Payments from this settlement begin next month, including $1 billion set aside to restore the Gulf’s open ocean environment such as corals, fish, dolphins, turtles and more.

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