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Building Resilience for Oysters, Blue Crabs, and Spotted Seatrout to Environmental Trends and Variability in the Gulf of Mexico

Implementing Organization

University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$2,887,250

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Oysters/Reefs

Project Description

The abundance of oysters, blue crabs, and spotted seatrout is rapidly declining in the Gulf of Mexico. This project will identify temperature, salinity (freshwater), oxygen (hypoxia), and pH (acidity) thresholds for oyster, blue crab, and spotted seatrout populations based on current and future habitat conditions, including climate variability and human-induced stressors. Thresholds will be quantified in mesocosm experiments, from field observations, and with numerical models. By linking multiple data sets of species recruitment, growth, and survival rates with natural and human induced environmental conditions across time, the project team will identify the large scale drivers and stressors of these populations in Mobile Bay, Alabama.

Contact

John C. Lehrter
251-460-7136
jlehrter@southalabama.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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