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LA TIG-Lower Trophic Level Inventory

Implementing Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; 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 project will develop a plan to inventory and assess the lower trophic levels of the Barataria estuary. Lower trophic level organisms include phytoplankton and animals such as zooplankton, worms, and small clams. They form the base of the estuarine food web and are an especially important food source for juvenile fish that live in the estuary. Additionally, they help to break down detritus, oxygenate sediments, and maintain healthy levels of nutrients in sediments. The organisms that live in the sediment also serve as excellent biological indicators of environmental conditions, including ecological recovery and ongoing impacts of buried Deepwater Horizon oil.


Courtney Schupp
(225) 955-7506
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