Louisiana State University
This study was initially designed to use industrial remotely operated vehicles aboard deepwater oil rigs and drillships to document the biodiversity of plankton in the waters around the MC252 accident. At the time the project was proposed, it appeared likely that access to such ROVs would be available. Subsequent demands for these systems to support the oil spill response combined with the BOEMRE moratorium on drilling permits made it impossible to secure access to any deepwater rigs within the time-frame of the project.
This map shows the location of the primary institution tasked with implementing the project.↩