Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects include $52 million to study deep-sea habitats and are described in a 490-page report released earlier this week. The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy called it the world’s first plan to restore the open ocean and deep-sea environment from a major oil disaster. The explosion April 20, 2010, on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers and spilled 210 million gallons of oil before it was capped 87 days later. The open ocean recovery plan was drawn up by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with help from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The money is from BP’s $8.8 billion settlement for natural resources damage.