News & Updates

The latest news, updates and events from our campaign to protect and restore the Mississippi River delta.

Sep 11 Brad Young, Steve Bender: "Secure the Mississippi Coast's future"

This letter originally appeared in the 9/11/15 release of the Clarion-Ledger. This summer, the Justice Department, the five Gulf Coast states and BP announced an $18.7 billion agreement in principle to settle all of the remaining state and federal claims against BP. For wildlife in the Gulf, this is welcome news. Though the legal wrangling

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Sep 01 Outdoor Kitchen Show: "This is a lot of money. Don't mess it up"

This letter originally appeared in the 7/20/15 release of The Creole. Whether you saw it on Facebook or read it in an actual newspaper, most of us know that on Thursday, July 2, the Department of Justice and the five Gulf states reached a settlement with BP for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster for $18.7

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Aug 25 Why Estuaries Matter to Sportsmen

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The Gulf of Mexico estuaries are among the most productive natural habitats in the world. Estuaries are areas where rivers meet the sea, mixing freshwater and saltwater and creating some of the most productive habitats anywhere on the planet. They serve as spawning, nursery, and feeding grounds for nearly all of the Gulf’s recreational fish

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Aug 13 RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding

Vanishing Paradise Calls List ‘Critical Step Forward for the Gulf’; Landmark Opportunity to Restore Habitat with BP Settlement Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council released its Funded Priorities List (FPL) – a compilation of restoration projects the Council intends to prioritize for funding following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. These projects will be

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Aug 05 Inaugural Louisiana Coastal Candidate Forum to be Held in Thibodaux

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Coastal restoration is one of the most important issues facing Louisiana and should be a top priority. Please join us August 18th at Nicholls State University for the upcoming Coastal Candidate Forum, where Louisianans can hear from gubernatorial candidates on a variety of coastal issues from restoration funding to diversions. Participating Candidates are Public Service

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Jul 17 Conservation Corner: Telling Our Story with Rommel

As many of you know, the wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico are subsiding at a rate of a football field almost every hour. These marshes are not only an invaluable resource for hunters and anglers, but also our first line of defense against hurricane storm surges. Here at Vanishing Paradise we never pass up

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Jul 09 Significant Portion of BP Settlement Funds Slated For Coastal Restoration

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credit: U.S. Navy Louisiana’s anglers got a particularly rough deal out of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill: Robust salt-and-freshwater fishing grounds were closed— some up to a year post-spill— and even five years later, many aquatic species are still suffering from ongoing impacts. But last week’s news of BP’s settlement agreement for $18.7 billion was

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Jul 02 Vanishing Paradise Responds to Landmark Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Announcement

Today’s Agreement on Settlement Dollars Puts Gulf on Road to Recovery This morning, BP, the U.S. Justice Department, and the five Gulf states made public the terms of a settlement agreement regarding the company’s role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP will pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages for its role in

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Jun 04 New 'Hydrocoast Map' Methodology Gives Louisiana Anglers Insight into Estuarine Activity

Scientific Analysis of Salinity, Weather Patterns, Water Movement Helpful for Recreation and Commercial Fishermen Today, scientists at one of Vanishing Paradises’ partner organizations the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) released details of how “Hydrocoast Maps” track pollutants, fish activity and salinity in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Basin in hopes of encouraging similar mapping efforts of other

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Apr 29 Gulf Restoration and the 2015 Sportsmen's Act

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I’m writing this on the 5th anniversary of the BP Gulf oil spill. And my concern for the health of Gulf wetlands is as strong today as it was before the spill.

Credit: Lew Carpenter I’ve been fishing out of Venice, Louisiana for the past 15 years – before Hurricane Katrina and before … read more »

Apr 16 Vanishing Paradise welcomes new Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator

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Twyla Cheatwood brings fisheries knowledge, science background, field experience to new role

Vanishing Paradise is pleased to announce the addition of Twyla Cheatwood to its staff as a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator. Based in New Orleans, Cheatwood will work with hunters and anglers in Louisiana and Mississippi to educate and engage them on restoring … read more »

Apr 10 Louisiana's Specks Five Years Later

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Significant events become part of the fabric of our lives. Everything from personal occasions like wedding days to national traumas like September 11 are seared into our memory banks and are recalled again and again, as if in HD. For many, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was just such an event. For

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Mar 11 Outdoor Industry Launches Conservation Initiative

Article recently posted to Field & Stream announces industry partnership to directly support conservation. Did you know that the U.S. federal government spends less than one percent of the budget on conservation and protection of water, air and soil? Fortunately, the outdoor industry is stepping up in a big way to protect public lands, wildlife

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Feb 12 Join Us: Exciting Opportunities & Milestones

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This year is shaping up to be an important one for the Vanishing Paradise team. It is an election year in Louisiana, and it is important that all of the candidates running for governor know that coastal restoration is important to the people of Louisiana. Restoring Louisiana’s disappearing coastal wetlands is an issue of economic

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Jan 29 Making Coastal Restoration Sexy?

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The Vanishing Paradise team once again attended the international Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Each year, more than 60,000 individuals from across the country and across the globe come together to present their latest and greatest products for hunting and tactical use. At the show, celebrities mingle with industry types, and booths vie for

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Dec 09 How to Improve the Gulf's Fishing and Hunting Habitats

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The fish and wildlife habitats of the Gulf Coast provide great recreation for sportsmen and women from all over the country. Regrettably, the region is losing more wetlands than anywhere else in the U.S. It is critical to sportsmen and to the economy to restore these vanishing wetlands, but it’s going to take a monumental

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Nov 07 Texas Sportsmen to Gov. Abbott: BP's Oil Spill Fines Must Restore Coastal Habitats

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to bolster our state’s natural resources, but also to support and expand industries that rely on a healthy Gulf Coast.” Texas’ hunters and anglers want the governor’s office to use BP’s oil spill fines to restore wildlife habitats on the coast. That’s the message in a letter signed

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Oct 23 Louisiana Duck Hunters' Best Kept Secret #TBT

The wetlands of the Wax Lake Delta grow larger and larger every year and the area one of the prime wintering grounds for the ducks and geese that travel the Central and Mississippi Flyways. Learn more about this special place from our 2012 video:

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Oct 02 You Could Win the Hodgman Gear Giveaway!

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You could win Hodgman Aesis Sonic Digi Stocking Foot Wader & Boots. This new product from Hodgman won’t be available to the rest of the public until January 15th but you could win them by taking action to help restore the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River Delta. Powered by the next generation of

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Sep 27 Take Your Kids Outdoors for National Hunting & Fishing Day

Saturday, September 27th is National Hunting & Fishing Day. For generations people have taught their children to hunt and fish, but that lifestyle is in danger as kids spend most of their time inside. Learn more by watching this Conservation Corner piece on SportingDog Adventures: In honor of National Hunting & Fishing Day, we hope

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Sep 26 Sept. 20-27 is Louisiana Estuaries Week

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Our favorite time of year is here! Fall fishing in Louisiana is right around the corner and teal season is in full swing. With the heat of summer somewhat behind us, we can finally start to enjoy the beginning of hunting season. We made it! We hope most of you are out there having fun

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Sep 04 Sportsmen Group Responds to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Sportsmen Group Responds to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster Today’s ruling a vital step towards restoring the Gulf A federal judge has ruled today that BP was “grossly negligent” in its actions that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This ruling means that the company

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Aug 15 Guidelines for Spending RESTORE Act Dollars Announced by Treasury Department

This week, the U.S. Treasury Department released guidelines on how money from the RESTORE Act can be spent. The rules govern a 35% portion of RESTORE Act money that will be divided equally among the Gulf States and 5% dedicated for science. Vanishing Paradise Director Steve Bender released the following statement: “These rules represent progress

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Aug 07 Reflecting Back, Looking Ahead

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This blog originally appeared on the blog Speckled Truth on July 30, 2014. by Christopher Bush It’s a simple life. As the dew drips off the camp windows as a result of the thick humid air, you hear the gentle beep of a coffee pot finishing its brew. However, before you pour a cup, you

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Aug 07 Congrats to the winner of Top Brass Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Chris Holmes of Chalmette, LA for winning the Top Brass giveaway! The prize included a Sturm Mil-Tec Tactical Backpack, 9 Packs Top Brass Tungsten, 12 Packs Top Brass Super Spike Jigs, 20 Packs Assorted Top Brass Brass Weights and Glass Beads, Outdoor Youth Adventures coloring books, picture frame and more. (We’re completely jealous).

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Jul 30 The Wax Lake Delta: Rebuilding Coastal Wetlands and Natural Habitats

For a few weeks I have been organizing a trip out to the Wax Lake Delta. I’ve been busy sending out invitations, collecting RSVP’s, securing boats, speakers and guides, and educating myself on the area’s history, geology and ecology. Finally, yesterday was the culmination of all that work. I will admit something to you- before

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Jul 29 Join Us in Mississippi for Wildlife Extravaganza!

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(UPDATED) Vanishing Paradise team is headed this weekend to the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Extravaganza held in Jackson, MS. In partnership with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, VP is hosting an education booth to discuss coastal restoration and RESTORE Act implementation with the 20,000 attendees at the annual sportsman’s trade show. The ‘Ganza will kick off

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Jul 25 Vanishing Paradise Spreads Message of Coastal Restoration to World's Largest Sportfishing Trade Show

CosbyRed credit lew - Artie Cosby of Top Brass Publishing ( with a nice bull red caught off the Mississippi River Delta. Photo by Lew Carpenter

From every corner of the globe, 11,000 exhibitors, buyers and media converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) July 15-18 for the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show. The 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), is the global showcase for the latest

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Jun 26 Hunting and Fishing Industry Mourns the Passing of a Great Artist

Chris Armstrong - Chris Armstrong and a big bull redfish while fishing out of Venice, LA, during the annual Marsh Madness event.

Chris Armstrong and a big bull redfish while fishing out of Venice, LA, during the annual Marsh Madness event. This past spring, the hunting a fishing industry lost a talented and intuitive artist named Chris Armstrong. I worked closely with Armstrong during my tenure as editor of Western Outdoors magazine, and a strong friendship evolved

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Jun 04 Water: It Connects Us All

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I recently attended National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting of affiliates. Sitting in the closing session of the meeting, I was inspired to see people from all different cultural, political, geographic and economic backgrounds coming together to better our nation’s conservation future. Over the course of three days, forty-nine NWF affiliate conservation organizations met in Baltimore

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