With a focus on marine and freshwater conservation issues, the Walton Family Foundation has long supported Ocean Conservancy's fisheries management reform and restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
Working alongside fishermen and our conservation partners, Ocean Conservancy is turning the corner on an era of mismanagement that has squandered the natural capital of the region to one of economic and environmental sustainability. Years of work recently led to securing a rebuilding plan for red snapper-the Gulf's signature fish-as well as several other key reef species. This resulted in an end to overfishing, the rebuilding of depleted populations, saving thousands of marine animals from accidental death and rising catch levels supporting more and better fishing. Just as the region's fisheries were beginning to rebound, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill happened.
Ocean Conservancy is redoubling efforts to help fishermen and affected communities recover from this disaster. With an on-the-ground team and senior staff who played central roles in the Exxon Valdez response, they are seizing this moment in time to press for restoration of the environment and ecosystem services, including accelerating the transition to fully sustainable fisheries, to support and enhance the region’s economy, culture and way of life.