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Gulf Oil Spill Resource Page


Stay up to the minute on how the BP oil spill is affecting scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico.

You may have seen scientists and reporters diving in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill — but most recreational scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico has not been affected. Despite mainstream media reports, the majority of the region's most popular dive sites remain free and clear. Sport Diver has put together this go-to list of websites offering the latest accurate information, including an up-to-date Gulf of Mexico scuba diving forum and a list of organizations you can donate to or volunteer with. We'll continue to update this page as new outlets become available. And if there are sites you find valuable, let us know at and we'll add them to the list. All eyes on the Gulf

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a federal agency that keeps watch on the oceans and the atmosphere, is providing daily updates on the Gulf oil spill, including an interactive online tool with near-real time information on the BP oil spill's trajectory, closed fisheries, wildlife data, oiled shorelines and more. Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command is connecting the organizations responding to the Gulf oil spill, such as BP, NOAA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and providing a forum for them to take action. Daily updates are also available.

Where divers should ture

PADI's Gulf Diving Page offers a Dive Shop and Resort locator to help divers connect to operators in the region. Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) created a website to keep divers up to date on the condition of the Gulf states.

How you can help

National Audubon Society is accepting donations and volunteer applications for recovery efforts. National Wildlife Federation is accepting donations. United Way is accepting donations for its Gulf Recovery Fund.

Mobile Baykeeper, an Alabama-based group, is accepting volunteer applications for recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. Save Our Seabirds is accepting donations to support its response to oiled wildlife in Florida. Greater New Orleans Foundation created the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund to fund emergency efforts from nonprofits helping victims of the oil spill.

Volunteer Florida is accepting volunteer applications and is offering volunteer training for its community emergency response team. Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is accepting donations and volunteer applications. Ocean Conservancy is accepting donations to support its work in the Gulf of Mexico.