Evaluating the role of artificial reefs as hotspots of biological productivity


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of West Florida

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2015

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Fish / Fish Habitats

Project Description

Marine fisheries are second only to tourism as an economic driver in Florida. Valued marine reef fish such as gag grouper are overfished. Deepwater Horizon oil spill restoration funds for artificial reefs (AR) off the Florida Panhandle are intended to generate new fishing opportunities and compensate for fishery closures during the spill. Artificial reefs may increase productivity of reef fish stocks in the northern Gulf of Mexico; if so, this enhanced productivity is not accounted for in stock assessment models. Recent studies in other regions suggest this should be assessed based on overall ecosystem productivity, not just the number of fish in a single stock. The goal of this project to examine this issue on recently deployed artificial reefs off Northwest Florida.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

University of South Alabama, Escambia County Marine Resource Division


Project ID: 378
Project Name: Evaluating the role of artificial reefs as hotspots of biological productivity
SourceUID: flracep-2015-05
Latitude: 30.2
Longitude: -86.93
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Unknown
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s): Monitoring and Observations
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Fish / Fish Habitats
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2017
Implementing Organization: University of West Florida
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Caffrey, Jane
Point of Contact – Phone: jcaffrey@uwf.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 850-857-6089
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of South Alabama, Escambia County Marine Resource Division
Link: http://fio.usf.edu/restore-act
Project Comments: Location is center of study area
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: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 293991
DWH Funder: The U.S. Department of Treasury
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 293991
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 10
Total Amount Leveraged: 0