An Examination of Pre- and Post-Spill Ichthyoplankton Assemblage Dynamics
University of Southern Mississippi
DWH Project Funding
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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
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Pelagic marine fish eggs and larvae were highly susceptible to oil spill-related pollution. Because recruitment success is largely determined by survivorship during the early life history stages, increased mortality related to the Deep Water Horizon spill could impact future year classes of marine fishes, including recreationally and commercially important species (e.g., red snapper, gag, Gulf menhaden), as well as ecologically important forage fishes (bay anchovy, striped mullet, Atlantic bumper).