Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Oceanographic Center
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2016
The National Marine Fisheries Service relies heavily on fish catch and fishing effort data from the fishing industry to assess the status of commercially important fish stocks in the Gulf of Mexico. The effect of the DWH oil spill closures on fish catch and effort is not well understood, making it difficult to use the 2010 year of data as a proxy for trends in abundance. To improve our understanding of these dynamics, this project will develop a spatially explicit bioeconomic model of some the most important commercial fishery species and the fleets that harvest them in the Gulf of Mexico. This project will expand an already-developed spatially explicit model for the West Florida shelf to the entire US shelf of the Gulf of Mexico, and will include more species and more fleets. It will also be modified to incorporate the direct effect of oil pollution on fish and shrimp survival and recruitment.