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Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Health and Growth of Estuarine Fish and Ecosystem Functionality

Implementing Organization

University of Southern Mississippi

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$500,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

In order to assess impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coastal fisheries we will look at both short-term and medium-term effects on individual fish in two species. We will then use the information obtained to model the population-wide effects. To assess short-term effects of the oil spill, two estuarine fish species:; Cynoscion nebulosus (spotted seatrout) and Sciaenops ocellatus (red drum) were collected in 2010 at four locations along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast that received oil inflow.

Contact

Robert J. Griffitt
228-872-4294
joe.griffitt@usm.edu
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Project Partners

None

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