Trends and drivers of faunal abundance in the offshore Gulf of Mexico: narrowing the largest data gap in the Gulf’s large marine ecosystem
Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
The deep-pelagic habitat in the Gulf of Mexico is one of four ‘hyperdiverse’ deep-pelagic ecoregions on Earth. It is also the largest and least known habitat in the Gulf of Mexico. This project uses midwater nets and acoustics (i.e. sound waves) to sample the deep-pelagic region. By analyzing the data collected, the project team is able to quantify trends across the Gulf of Mexico and over time. The project is also developing baselines for deep-pelagic fauna in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the project team analyzes temperature, salinity, and ocean circulation data to locate the Gulf of Mexico loop current and the Mississippi River plume and identify key drivers of deep-pelagic community structure and abundance.
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA National Systematics Laboratory