Publications & Reports


gulf currents summer 2012 thumbnailGulf Currents

Gulf Currents is the Gulf Restoration Network's printed quarterly newsletter providing updates on GRN's programs, partner group activities, and current events and issues from around the Gulf.




wavemakers-thumb copyWave Makers

Published quarterly, Wave Maker's News provides information and resources on pressing issues facing the health and quality of the Gulf region's waters and wetlands. Wave Maker's News is sent to the GRN's Water Quality Action Network.




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As of 2008 the Fish Tales publication merged with Gulf Currents, however you can view the archive here.






Annual Report ::

GRN's Annual Reports

GRN 2008 Annual Report

GRN 2007 Annual Report



Gulf Fish Forever ::

GRN Fisheries Reports

Peer Review of Exponent's Analysis of Icthyoplankton Assessment Modeling for Shell's Gulf Landing LNG Terminal Environmental Impact Statement, MRAG Americas for Gulf Restoration Network and Regional Marine Conservation Project (2006).
pdf LNG Peer Review 211.92 Kb

Every Fish Counts: How the Gulf Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service Ignore Bycatch to Allow Overfishing, Gulf Restoration Network (2005).
pdf Bycatch Report 2.24 Mb


Other Important Fisheries Reports

Rebuilding US Fisheries: Progress and Problems, Lenfest Ocean Program (2006)  

From Sea to Shining Sea: Priorities for Ocean Policy Reform, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (2006)  

Wasted Fishery Resources: Discarded Bycatch in the USA, Oceana (2005)

An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (2004) 

America’s Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change, Pew Oceans Commission (2003)

A BLIND EYE: The 'See No Evil' Approach to Wasteful Fishing, Marine Fish Conservation Network (2006)

SHELL GAME: How the Federal Government is Hiding the Mismanagement of Our Nation's Fisheries, Marine Fish Conservation Network (2006)

RAY OF HOPE: Successes and Shortcomings in Protecting Essential Fish Habitat, Marine Fish Conservation Network (2006) 

REGIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT Gulf of Mexico Council Report: 2005 Marine Fish Conservation Network (Released April 2006)

Gulf of Mexico Council Report: 2004 Marine Fish Conservation Network (Released March 2005)


Healthy Waters ::

Healthy Waters Reports

GRN Tells Gulf States to Clean Up Their Act! 


GRN Tells Gulf States to Clean Up Their Act!

The Gulf Restoration Network is proud to announce the release of Clean Up Your Act! Report Card.  This report grades each of the five Gulf states on how different important sections of the Clean Water Act are incorporated into state rules.  Regretfully each state scored poorly, averaging a D+.

The scores ranged from a C- to an F, which shows that all of the Gulf states have not lived up to their obligations under the Clean Water Act. -  Download the September 2009 Gulf States Report Card


Other Reports

 A Guide to Protecting Wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico , Gulf Restoration Network (2004)

 Our Waters, Our Health: A Citizen's Guide to Sewage Pollution , Gulf Restoration Network (2008)

 Clean Up Your Act!  A Review of How the Clean Water Act is Incorporated into Gulf State Water Regulations , Gulf Restoration Network (2009)

 Dubious De-listings: Louisiana's Push to Remove Protections for Polluted Waters , Gulf Restoration Network (2002).

 Dubious De-listings: Louisiana's Push to Remove Protections for Polluted Waters , Gulf Restoration Network (2002).



Wetlands ::

Wetland Realted Reports

One Year After Katrina, Louisiana Still a Sitting Duck: A Report Card and Roadmap on Wetlands Restoration, Gulf Restoration Network, Environmental Defense, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the National Wildlife Federation, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (2006)

A Guide to Protecting Wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Restoration Network (2001).

Appendix to Wetland Guide

Destruction by Design: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Continuing Assault on America's Environment, Gulf Restoration Network (1999).


Other Wetland Reports

Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Eastern United States, 1998 to 2004 - Stedman and Dahl (2008)

Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States 1998 to 2004 - Dahl (2006)

Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (2007)



School of Big Storms - Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina ::

Hurricanes past teach us how to prepare for the future

NEW ORLEANS – The severity of hurricane season impacts in the present and future can be minimized if the lessons of hurricane seasons past are heeded, two environmental groups conclude in a new report released to coincide with the start of Hurricane Season 2006.

The Gulf Restoration Network and the Sierra Club Gulf Coast Environmental Restoration Task Force have collaborated to produce The School of Big Storms: The High Cost of Compromising Our Natural Defenses and the Benefits of Protecting Them.

The report examines the layers of protection nature provides – from barrier islands to natural flooding cycles – and what hurricanes of the past have taught us about the consequences of compromising and undermining natural systems.

“We hope to avoid making the same mistakes over and over that put our communities at greater and greater risk,” says Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of the Gulf Restoration Network. “If we allow the continued destruction of our natural barriers, such as coastal wetlands and barrier islands, then we take away nature’s ability to protect us by reducing the strength and impact of hurricanes.”

“The School of Big Storms provides examples of lessons that, when heeded, will benefit all communities on the Gulf Coast,” says Leslie March, author of the report and member of the Sierra Club Gulf Coast Environmental Restoration Task Force. “The lessons are a guide for public officials, government agencies and citizens living along the Gulf Coast. If we can learn from the lessons that past hurricanes have taught us, we will protect our natural coastal environment and the people and communities that live here.”

The lesson learned in Louisiana involves the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, a seldom-used navigation channel built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a shortcut linking the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of New Orleans. During Hurricane Katrina, the MRGO acted as a funnel – increasing the height of the storm surge by several feet and sharply increasing its speed – causing levees to crumble under the assault. Legislation currently is pending before U.S. Congress to de-authorize the channel and develop a plan for it's closure. Click here to send a message to Congress, urging them to close the MRGO.

Examples of other lessons from The School of Big Storms include:


  • Allowing development in the flood plain or upriver from a flood-prone area only puts more people at risk.
  • Developing plans to reduce flooding impact are only successful when they are not weakened as a result of political pressure.
  • Protecting barrier islands and coastal wetlands will protect communities.
  • Encouraging development that is set back from the water front will protect communities.
  • Exempting development from building codes or other storm protection requirements only weakens a community’s defenses.
  • Protecting the natural habitat for endangered species along the coast also will protect communities.
  • Strengthening oil and gas critical infrastructure will help protect people and the environment.

 Download a pdf of The School of Big Storms

For a hardcopy of the report, you can either recieve a cd for a $5 donation, recieve a paper copy for a $10 donation, or join the GRN as a member (suggested membership level of $35, minimum $15) and recieve a complimentary copy.



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