Baseline for Impact Assessment of Zooplankton and Imaging Oil Droplet Detection on the West Florida Shelf
University of South Florida
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
We propose to conduct a one year baseline study to assess the monthly abundance and distribution of zooplankton along two transects on the West Florida Shelf as a basis for long term monitoring. Zooplankton are a critical component of marine ecosystems, given their role in biogeochemical cycles and as a food source for commercially important fishes and other upper trophic level predators.