Sampling of Megalopal and Larval Stages of Blue Crabs
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
The goal of our project is to create a predictive population model for Gulf of Mexico blue crabs and to assess the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on this ecologically and economically important species. The project involves a combination of fieldwork and computer modeling, including the use of a fine-scale spatially-explicit oceanographic model. This project, begun in Nov 2009, was funded last year through an NSF RAPID grant and a small rapidresponse fund from Louisiana SeaGrant.