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Gulf Oil Spill

Gulf Oil Spill

As you all already know, the explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20 killed 11 people and led to the BP oil spill- the largest in U.S. history- that threatens coastal Louisiana, Gulf Coast fisheries, Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, and perhaps the East Coast, as the spill reaches the loop current.

The Quiksilver Foundation has been in touch with a number of different NGOs (non-governmental agencies) trying to understand and pinpoint the best way to lend a hand.

We have made a cash donation to a great group called The Gulf Restoration Network,www.healthygulf.org .  Their mission is to unite and empower people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations.  Currently their staff and volunteer base have been out in both boats and planes to survey the extent of the spill and record real-time data that is then being used to monitor areas that are immediately under threat.

Since this information has been documented and dispersed, other organization and volunteer groups have had better success of protecting and cleaning up delicate eco-systems at the shore along with the numerous species of plants and animals that inhabit these areas.

The information is also being used to challenge regulations concerning offshore drilling in hopes that our country continues moving forward with new alternative energies.

The Surfrider Foundation has also activated their chapters in the Gulf area to help get people involved.  If you live in the Gulf area but have never connected with a local Surfrider chapter, now is a great time to do it.  Encourage your friends who live in the affected regions to do the same.  Find the local chapters in the Gulf and Florida regions atwww.surfrider.org/chapters.asp.