The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) was created with the passage of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act and Summary of RESTORE Act). This legislation was passed by Congress to steer a percentage of the civil penalties levied against the responsible parties of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident directly to the Gulf Coast states to assist with recovery efforts.

The law specifically states that Alabama’s 10-member council will be chaired by Alabama’s Governor and co-chaired by the Director of the Alabama State Port Authority. Other members will be the chairman of the Baldwin County Commission, the President of the Mobile County Commission, the mayors of Bayou La Batre, Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Mobile, and Orange Beach. The Act further stipulates that qualifying projects must reflect at least one of the following criteria:

  • Restoration and protection of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and
    coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region.
  • Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, and natural resources.
  • Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries
  • Workforce development and job creation.
  • Improvements to or on state parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Infrastructure projects benefitting the economy or ecological resources, including port infrastructure.
  • Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure.
  • Planning assistance.
  • Administrative costs (limited to not more than 3% of a state's allotment).
  • Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast Region, including recreational fishing.
  • Promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast Region.

Notable activities to date:


To learn more about the various recovery efforts ongoing with the State of Alabama, visit: www.AlabamaCoastalRestoration.org