Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Information

Microbes & Oil Spills - FAQs - A report from the American Academy of Microbiology - New!

Gulf Council Oil Spill Restoration Priorities - A letter to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force - New!

BP Oil Spill: Federal Fisheries Closure and Other Information Updates posted daily by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Dr. Steve Bortone, Executive Director Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council - Testimony before the Environment & Public Works Committee of the U.S. Senate pdf

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: NOAA Publishes a Rule to Expedite the Closing and Opening of Areas in the Oil-Affected Portions of Federal Waters in the Southeastern United States pdf

Contact Information:

To Report oiled fish or fishing gear at the federal level, call 1-888-info-fda (1-888-463-6332)

To Report oiled fish or fishing gear at the state level, click here for state information.

Updated Closure Coordinates - 1-800-627-6622

NOAA Media Inquiries

please contact Keeley Belva at or
Call 301-713-3066

Response Inquiries

please phone the Joint Information Center at
985-902-5231 or 985-902-5240

To report vessel contact with oil, oil on land, or for general Community and Volunteer Information, Call: 866-448-5816

To report oiled or injured wildlife. Call: 866-557-1401

To discuss spill related damage claims, Call: 800-440-0858

* BP is asking fishermen for their assistance in cleaning up the oil spill. BP is calling this the Vessel of Opportunities Program and through it, BP is looking to contract shrimp boats, oyster boats and other vessels for hire to deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fishermen should phone: 425-745-8017

Other Contacts:

Decontamination Information

Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant - Oil spill info

Environmental Protection Agency’s National Response Center - If you see or smell pollution related to the Oil Spill

Call 1-800-424-8802

Number for Wildlife Experts who are authorized to help
Tri-State Rescue and Research:

Call 302-737-7241 or email:

If you come across dead birds in the state of Florida please contact the Florida Wildlife Commission by filling out this online form:

State Information

Alabama Department of Marine Resources

Report all marine mammal and turtle strandings as quickly as possible to the appropriate network:

  • Sea Turtle strandings Call: 866-732-8878

Mandy Tumlin

The Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has Oil Spill Response, News and Resources on their opening page.  

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana


Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Rick Burris

  • Report all marine mammal and turtle strandings as quickly as possible to the appropriate network.
    Dolphins and Whales Call: 888-767-3657

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Law Enforcement Communication Center
281-842-8100 or

The Texas General Land Office oil spill reporting toll-ree number is 1-800-832-8224.


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Oil Spill

  • To report oiled wildlife: 888-404-3922
  • To discuss spill-related damage: 800-440-0858
  • To report oild shoreline: 800-320-0519
  • To request volunteer information: 866-448-4816, or visit the Volunteer Florida website.
Other Important Contact Information
  • Florida State Warning Point, Report Boom Vandalism, or Report Oil or Tar Balls call (800) 320-0519

  • Attorney General Fraud Hotline for Price Gouging
    (866) 9-NO-SCAM

  • Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Price Gouging Hotline (800) 435-7352

  • Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Seafood Availability Hotline (800) 357-4273

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Hotline (888) 404-FWCC (3922)

  • Florida Department of Financial Services Hotline
    (850) 413-3100 (877) MY-FL-CFO (877) 693-5236

  • Business Owner Insurance Coverage Hotline
    (850) 413-3100 (800) 342-2762 (850) 410-9700 (TDD)

  • Florida Department Of State Hotline for Archeological, Historical Preservation and Tribal Lands Impacts
    (850) 245-6530