Study will examine long-term effects of DwH on large deep-sea fishes
Florida State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
The U.S. Department of Treasury
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
Prior to the Deepwater Horizon (DwH) oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GoM), knowledge was limited concerning continental slope fish communities, particularly for mobile bottom-dwelling fishes not adequately sampled using typical gear (grabs, sleds and trawls). The spill occurred at 1,500 meters and oil still resides in these depths five years later. The investigators' Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative study since 2011 on the ecology of fishes, sharks and hagfishes show that some species experienced negative physiological effects from oil exposure, which showed up three years after the spill. This project will continue monitoring distribution and toxicological responses, providing a 7-year time series for examining spill impacts and damages.
Location is center of study area