Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Health and Growth of Estuarine Fish and Ecosystem Functionality
University of Southern Mississippi
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
In order to assess impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coastal fisheries we will look at both short-term and medium-term effects on individual fish in two species. We will then use the information obtained to model the population-wide effects. To assess short-term effects of the oil spill, two estuarine fish species:; Cynoscion nebulosus (spotted seatrout) and Sciaenops ocellatus (red drum) were collected in 2010 at four locations along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast that received oil inflow.