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Improving Deepwater Horizon Risk Assessment for Large Pelagic Rays: Global Scale Positioning Via Satellite Telemetry

Implementing Organization

University of South Alabama

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$66,148

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Despite their highly mobile nature, large epipelagic rays were likely exposed to crude oil and chemical dispersant Corexit(TM) from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) incident in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Aerial surveyors of the immediately impacted area (i.e. SE Louisiana) reported rays swimming through oiled surface waters shortly after the blowout in spring 2010. This particular time-frame (i.e. season) has been shown to support higher than average densities of rays in this region.

Contact

Sean Powers
251-861-2141 x 2284
spowers@disl.org
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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