Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

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GULF OF MEXICO- MAY 6: Oil burns during a controlled fire May 6, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard is overseeing oil burns after the sinking, and subsequent massive oil leak, from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform off the coast of Louisiana. (Photo by Justin E. Stumberg/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Federal agencies have approved more than $200 million for 18 projects to restore the open Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP oil spill.

The projects are described in a report released Tuesday.

The biggest is about $52 million to study deep-sea habitats.

The smallest is about $300,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles from swallowing longline fishing hooks or tangled in the lines.

The money is from a fund created by BP in a 2016 settlement for natural resources damage.

A nonprofit group called the Ocean Conservancy calls it a major conservation milestone for the Gulf. 

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