Robotic monitoring of Red Grouper in the Eastern GoM.

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of South Florida

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


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

Red grouper are a valuable commercial and recreational fishery in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Managers need accurate assessment data on their distribution and fishing pressure. Underwater robots are emerging technologies for oceanographic research with new capabilities applicable to the assessment of fish ecology. This proposal will apply autonomous underwater gliders equipped with oceanographic sensors to record water quality variables and acoustic sensors to assess fish locations, movements and behaviors. The study will seasonally monitor grouper and other fish within a study area comprising the Gulfstream Natural Gas Pipeline on the West Florida Shelf off Tampa Bay.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Florida Wildlife Research Institute, Loggerhead Instruments

Project ID: 380
Project Name: Robotic monitoring of Red Grouper in the Eastern GoM.
SourceUID: flracep-2015-07
Latitude: 27.72
Longitude: -83.25
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 South Florida
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Chad Lembke
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 727-553-3976
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Florida Wildlife Research Institute, Loggerhead Instruments
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): 293555
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 : 293555
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 10
Total Amount Leveraged: 0