Assessing Long-term Trends and Processes Driving Variability in Cetacean Density throughout the Gulf of Mexico using Passive Acoustic Monitoring and Habitat Modeling
NOAA National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
This project uses a network of underwater microphones to record marine mammals throughout U.S. and Mexican waters in the Gulf of Mexico and gather information on their location and density throughout the year. The data from this comprehensive and long-term passive acoustic monitoring program will be used to identify the conditions that could be driving seasonal, annual, and decadal trends in the abundance of marine mammals, where they are located, and their aggregation density. This project will complement existing vessel-based surveys and expand on prior passive acoustic monitoring in the region. This project is also coordinated with the Reduce Impacts of Anthropogenic Noise on Cetaceans project supported by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment Trustees.
Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), University of Miami