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Recruitment Patterns of Reef Fishes and the Recent Gulf Oil Spill

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Auburn University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Environmental Research

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The early life history of reef fish can be extremely important in the subsequent determination of year class strength. These early stages are probably the most susceptible life stages to any oil spill effects, especially considering the timing overlap between peak reef fish recruitment and the oil spill. This timing overlap would suggest that the reef fish larval and juvenile stages (e.g. red snapper) may have suffered higher mortalities from the recent Gulf oil spill resulting in subsequent year-class failures.


Stephen Szedlmayer
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