University of South Florida
We propose to assess the impact of Deepwater Horizon oil and dispersants on sediments and benthic communities on the West Florida Shelf and Slope. In particular, assessing sub-surface oil and dispersants will gauge the effects on benthic habitat critical to nearby fisheries and marine protected areas. We propose to use a new Ocean Instruments MC-800 multicore system to sample sediments in three depth transects that intersect suspected layers of subsurface oil at approximately 400 m and 1400 m water depth.
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