Investigating the Fisheries Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster through Socioeconomic Surveys
University of South Alabama
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
Following the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, nearly all marine fishery stocks and nearshore habitats in the northern Gulf of Mexico (nGOM) were surrounded with unprecedented uncertainty due to the massive volume of released oil, use of chemical dispersants, and drastic reduction in fishing effort. Large-scale efforts to resolve uncertainty and determine which fishery stocks or habitats were potentially most affected are underway but will take several years while many agencies are already developing recovery and restoration plans.