Priority Landscapes

Gulf of Mexico

A pelican soaring through the sky.
Gulf of Mexico Pelican soaring over the Alabama Gulf Coast. TNC received a $2.9 million NOAA-ARRA grant to restore a total of 3 acres of oyster reefs along Coffee Island and Alabama Port. © Hunter Nichols

Conserving the Lands and Waters Central to the Gulf of Mexico’s Way of Life

The Nature Conservancy has been protecting the natural character of the Gulf of Mexico for more than 40 years. We have been saving critical habitat through land acquisition, pioneering on-the-ground and in-the-water restoration projects and advocating policies to achieve large-scale conservation in each of the Gulf states.

Shallow waves break on a sandy shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.
Gulf of Mexico Beach on Grand Isle, a barrier island located in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Barataria Bay. © Erika Nortemann/The Nature Conservancy