Videos

Watch OR&R put NOAA science into action, from an introduction to oil spills to behind-the-scenes glimpses of NOAA measuring how pollution has impacted our natural resources and the public's use of these resources. Find a full list of videos from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the National Ocean Service website.

How to Restore a Damaged Coral Reef

In February of 2010, the cargo ship M/V VogeTrader ran aground on a coral reef off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Learn how NOAA and the State of Hawaii worked to clear the damaged coral rubble and reattach more than 600 coral colonies.

Our Debris Filling the Sea

What do a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean and the Antarctic have in common? Unfortunately, it's marine debris.

Renewed Passage: Buzzards Bay to the Acushnet River

To make up for historical industrial pollution in the Massachusetts' port of New Bedford Harbor, NOAA and its partners installed a "nature-like" fishway on the Acushnet River to improve habitat and help migrating herring access prime spawning grounds.

A River Reborn: Restoring Salmon Habitat along the Duwamish River in Seattle, Washington

Just south of Seattle, the airplane manufacturer Boeing Company has created one of the largest habitat restoration projects on the Lower Duwamish River.

Sightings of Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

Where is debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan washing ashore in the United States? Watch this brief video describing NOAA's efforts to track and monitor reports of debris related to the Japan tsunami.

Safe Sanctuaries 2005: Emergency Response Drill

This video was produced as part of the emergency response drill, "Safe Sanctuaries," held in the Florida Keys in April 2005.

De-Oiling the Delta: Video of the DM932 Oil Spill Response

Watch this short video about NOAA OR&R's response to a large oil spill in the Mississippi River at New Orleans, La., in July 2008.

Hindsight and Foresight: 20 Years After the Exxon Valdez Spill

Watch this short documentary revisiting the Exxon Valdez oil spill twenty years later, and the changes it brought about in its wake.

Henry Wood Elliott: Defender of the Fur Seal

This documentary, produced as part of the Pribilof Islands Environmental Restoration Project, uncovers a little-known piece of American history told through the story of Henry Wood Elliott, an artist and naturalist who many regard as the man who saved the northern fur seal from extinction.

Oil in the Ocean

On July 23, 2008, in the heart of New Orleans, a 600-foot tanker collided with a 200-foot fuel barge, tearing the barge in half. Several hundred thousand gallons of oil leaked out of Barge DM932 and into the fast-flowing Mississippi River, heading quickly towards the ocean. This closed the Mississippi River to shipping for six days.

Hawaii's Nets to Energy Program

Turning trash into electricity: What was once an idea of the future has become a reality today through Hawaii's Nets-to-Energy Program. Learn more about the NOAA Marine Debris Program's involvement in this innovative public-private partnership.

Lessons from Valdez: 25 Years Later

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, rupturing the hull and spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters of Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of birds, mammals, and other marine organisms were killed or injured.

Twenty-five years later, NOAA and its partners have developed new technologies that have greatly improved the way emergency managers respond to these disasters.

Marine Debris

Marine debris has become one of the most pervasive pollution problems facing the world's ocean and waterways. Learn more about marine debris and what you can do to prevent it at marinedebris.noaa.gov.

People of the Seal

"People of the Seal" explores the centuries-old connection between the northern fur seal and the Unangan natives of Alaska's Pribilof and Aleutian Islands in the middle of Alaska's Bering Sea. Aquilina Lestenkof traces five generations of her own family's history in this remote part of the world, weaving together native, Russian, and American cultural threads.

At the heart of the story are the fur seals. Like the Unangan, the fur seals are struggling to survive. As Aquilina says, "if they're not here, then we won't be either."

Saving a Bay (Lavaca Bay Restoration)

With fisherman, seabirds, and marshland, Lavaca Bay looks like any other peaceful coastal area ... but things weren't always this serene. This site was home to the largest cleanup of hazardous waste in Texas history.