Sea Grant Releases Educational Brochures on Dispersants

SeaGrant_Dispersants1_picThe Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce three new Sea Grant informational brochures about dispersants used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These brochures synthesize peer-reviewed oil spill science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those who live and work across the Gulf Coast.

Chemical Dispersants and Their Role in Oil Spill Response

Learn why and how responders use dispersants during oil spills, in general, and specifically during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

Fate, Transport, and Effectiveness of Dispersants Used in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Learn about research that addresses dispersant effectiveness and persistence in the marine environment and its first-time use below surface at the wellhead. 

Responses of Aquatic Life in the Gulf of Mexico to Oil and Dispersants

Learn how dispersants impact aquatic life and how lab and field studies are providing better understanding about the implications of exposure to oil and dispersants. 

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team offers public seminars across the Gulf Coast. Click here to view upcoming science seminars and read about recently-held events. To receive email updates about seminars, publications, and the outreach team, click here.


GoMRI and the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas) have partnered to create an oil spill science outreach program.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit

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