Smithsonian Highlights GoMRI Oil Spill Research to Address Public Concerns

The Smithsonian magazine posted a story featuring GoMRI-funded research as they discuss “myths and misconceptions about the Gulf oil spill” related to seafood and marine ecosystem recovery. The article provides information from several GoMRI-funded scientists conducting oil-spill related studies to address seven topics of public concern.

The Smithsonian story begins: “In the months and years following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, telling fact from fiction regarding seafood safety and ecosystem health was supremely difficult.” Read the entire Smithsonian magazine article.

For more information about scientific accomplishments, read GoMRI Advances Science Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. To find peer-reviewed publications from GoMRI-funded researchers, use the GoMRI Research Information System.


GoMRI and the Smithsonian have a partnership to enhance oil spill science content on the Ocean Portal website.

This research was made possible by grants from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The 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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