The Environmental Effects of an Oil Spill on Blue Crabs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Dynamics of Recovery: Integrating Oceanography and Molecular Ecology


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Louisiana1

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2013

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Shellfish / Shellfish Resources
Petroleum

Project Description

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 occurred during the critical spawning season of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, a commercially and ecologically important species in the Gulf of Mexico. The eggs of the blue crab hatch into small planktonic larvae that spend weeks feeding in offshore waters. When they complete their larval phase, they move into shallower waters, settle to the bottom, and begin developing into juvenile crabs. Laboratory studies have shown that gulf oil and the dispersant used to accelerate the breakdown of the oil are highly toxic to blue crab larvae.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Tulane University


Project ID: 215
Project Name: The Environmental Effects of an Oil Spill on Blue Crabs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Dynamics of Recovery: Integrating Oceanography and Molecular Ecology
SourceUID: 214
Latitude: 30.21219084
Longitude: -92.0193038
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Louisiana
County: Lafayette
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s): Environmental Research
Targeted Resource(s): Human and / or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Shellfish / Shellfish Resources
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2015
Implementing Organization: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Joseph Neigel
Point of Contact – Phone: jneigel@louisiana.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 337-482-5661
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Tulane University
Link: http://research.gulfresearchinitiative.org/research-awards/projects/?pid=214
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage:
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 1355820
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 1355820
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2013
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0


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