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Louisiana Coastwide Fish and Shellfish Monitoring Program

Implementing Organization

State of Louisiana


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources


Project Description

The Louisiana Coastwide Fish and Shellfish Monitoring Program includes two types of monitoring activities: (1) monitoring which is a portion of the coastwide fisheries-independent monitoring program (FIMP) conducted by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), and (2) monitoring which includes several pilot projects that will collect data for better quantification of fish and shellfish relative abundances and densities, species composition and community/food web interactions, and habitat use within the coastal basin. The coastwide Fishery Independent Monitoring Program (FIMP) provides valuable data for the nearshore habitats and resources targeted for NRDA restoration, including oysters, nekton, and prey resources (e.g., shrimps, crab, fishes) for threatened and/or endangered species such as the gulf sturgeon, sea turtles, and marine mammals. The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) can use the data provided by the coastwide FIMP to assess changes in the fish, shellfish and their associated habitats (physical habitat with accompanying environmental data) in the basins over time, allowing for assessment of the influence of the comprehensive, integrated portfolio of restoration projects at a coastwide or regional-scale within the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and relative to other drivers and long-term trends in the basins.


Beth Golden
(225) 342-4708
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