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Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Lease Sale 259

As required by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, BOEM held Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 259 on Wednesday March 29, 2023.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Lease Sale 259
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BOEM marine archaeologist Melanie Damour

Environmental Studies Program Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Innovative program has provided important scientific data to inform bureau's decisions for 50 years. 


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Will Crabs Cross Undersea Cables?

Partnership with researchers and fishermen helps BOEM study and better understand whether offshore energy-related undersea cables effect crab behavior.

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Seen during 2022’s Investigation of a Historic Seabed Mining Equipment Test Site on the Blake Plateau, along with a skate (look closely), manganese nodules like these were the subject of an experimental deep-sea mining pilot project in the 1970s. Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, Investigation of a Historic Seabed Mining Equipment Test Site on the Blake Plateau.

Scientists Explore Site of Historic Seabed Mining Equipment Testing Offshore Georgia

Study will help BOEM improve its understanding of the potential long-term environmental impacts of deep-sea mining-related disturbances

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The Saildrone Surveyor departing Dutch Harbor, Alaska, after the mid-project pit stop. Image courtesy of Saildrone Inc.

BOEM-Sponsored Saildrone Surveyor Expedition Returning Home After Exploring Aleutian Islands

Successful interagency partnership used prototype uncrewed survey platform to address ocean exploration and characterization gaps in remote area

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