Trophic Interactions and Habitat Requirements of Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Southeast Fisheries Science Center

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program

Project Location: Florida1

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Marine Mammals

Project Description

The Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale population occurs in a small region along the shelf-break near the De Soto Canyon in the northeastern Gulf and is estimated to include 33 individuals with very low levels of genetic diversity. As a result, this population is currently proposed for listing as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and is a priority species for recovery management and restoration. This project will develop a comprehensive ecological understanding of Gulf of Mexico Brydes whales, including the physical, oceanographic, and biological features defining critical habitat and their ecological role in Gulf of Mexico marine food webs. Using visual and acoustic monitoring, environmental measurements, collection of tissues from free-swimming whales, studies of prey distribution and composition, and deployment of animal-borne telemetry tags, the investigators will develop models and conduct analyses that provide information to managers and inform restoration and population recovery activities. The project results will contribute directly to the development of restoration plans, recovery plans, and environmental impact assessments that are key to the effective conservation of Gulf of Mexico Brydes whales

Project Contact

Project Partners

NOAA

Affiliated Institutions

Florida International University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego


Project ID: 636
Project Name: Trophic Interactions and Habitat Requirements of Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales
SourceUID: 0
Latitude: 25.73366432
Longitude: -80.16071833
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Miami-Dade
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Monitoring and Observations
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s): Monitoring and Observations
Targeted Resource(s): Marine Mammals
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2020
Implementing Organization: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Implementing Organization Type: Joint
Point of Contact – Name: Lance P. Garrison
Point of Contact – Phone: lance.garrison@noaa.gov
Point of Contact – Email: 305-361-4488
Other Partners: NOAA
Affiliated Institutions: Florida International University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Link: https://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/funded-projects/brydes-whales
Project Comments: None
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:
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 2312275
DWH Funder: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 2312275
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 6
Total Amount Leveraged: 0


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