SCCF’s Conservation Forum to Show Deepwater Horizon: Dispatches from the Gulf

SCCF is presenting a documentary on the Deepwater Horizon, Dispatches from the Gulf at the Sanibel Community House. Followed by brief presentations and panel discussion about the findings and current research in the Gulf related to the Deepwater horizon.  Panelists are Dr. Michael Parsons, Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University; and Dr. Marie DeLorenzo Research Toxicologist, NOAA, Charleston, SC.  Thursday, March 23. Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm.  At Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Narrated by Matt Damon, “Dispatches from the Gulf” is a one-hour documentary that investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico six years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April 2010. That is when the world’s ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a single incident – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

The event initiated an unprecedented response effort and mobilized the largest, coordinated scientific research endeavor around an ocean-related event in history – orchestrated through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).

Dispatches from the Gulf shares the first-hand accounts from fishermen, scientists, and activists on how the Deepwater Horizon spill impacted their lives. Researchers from the University of South Florida, University of Miami, University of Georgia and others study the fishes, deep sea corals, and currents impacted by the oil spill, all of which are highlighted in the documentary.

A panel discussion of researchers working on the effects of oil and dispersants on Gulf of Mexico flora and fauna will follow the hour-long documentary. The panelists will present their findings and answer questions about the ongoing research related to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A trailer can be found here:

Thursday, March 23
Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7 pm
Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way

Please call 239-472-2329 with any questions.