Project Explorer

Assessing Ecosystem Modeling

Ecosystem models
This project will conduct a comprehensive review and assessment of ecosystem modeling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bluefin Tuna Larvae

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will investigate the link between nutrients, food availability, and the survival of Atlantic bluefin tuna larvae which can be used to improve stock assessments for this commercially and recreationally important species.

Bryde’s Whales

Living coastal and marine resources
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.

Deep-Pelagic Fauna

Decision support tool, Living coastal and marine resources, Monitoring
This project will identify long-term trends in fish, shrimp, cephalopods and other fauna in the deep-pelagic Gulf of Mexico (open ocean midwaters beyond the continental shelf, from just below the surface to just above the bottom) and provide this information to resource managers responsible for the numerous species that rely on deep-pelagic fauna as prey, including marine mammals.

Deepwater Corals

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will determine where the corals in different mesophotic and deepwater populations in the Gulf of Mexico originated from, which is critical information for conserving and restoring these important habitats that were damaged by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Dolphin Tags

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will develop a new and innovative approach for attaching satellite tags to small cetaceans without having to capture them.

Ecosystem Indicators Inventory

Indicators
This project will create a comprehensive guide for management using indicators of five common coastal habitats: salt marsh, mangrove, seagrass, oyster beds/reefs, and coral reefs.

Fisheries Ecosystem Models

Decision support tool, Ecosystem models
This project will integrate information on ecosystem stressors and predator-prey interactions into the fisheries assessment and management process in the Gulf of Mexico.

Identifying Ecological Hotspots

Decision support tool
The project will characterize the temporal and spatial variability of physical and biochemical oceanographic parameters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Impact of Mississippi River

Freshwater, sediment, and nutrient flows
This project will explore how changes in the flow of the Mississippi River impacts natural resources and their use in the Gulf of Mexico.

Indicators for Ecosystem Health and Services

Indicators
This project will identify, develop, and evaluate ecological health and ecosystem services indicators and an associated assessment and decision framework.

Living Shoreline Tool

Decision support tool
This project will adapt an existing computer model for assessing the suitability of a site for construction of a living shoreline, apply the model to Perdido Bay/Wolf Bay/Ono Island complex in coastal Alabama; Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana; and Galveston Bay, Texas, and develop an interactive decision support tool that allows for a rapid assessment of a site.

Local Coastal Tool

Decision support tool
This project will develop a decision-support tool to aid resource managers, municipalities, and a county with decisions related to the preservation and restoration of mangrove, marsh, and beach habitats; water management; and coastal planning, zoning, and land acquisition.

Marine Mammals and Acoustics

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will characterize seasonal, annual, and decadal trends in marine mammal species in the Gulf of Mexico and assess the role of ocean conditions and human activities in driving these trends.

Marsh Birds and Fire

Climate change and weather, Living coastal and marine resources, Monitoring
This project investigates how three bird species of concern (black rail, yellow rail, and mottled duck) respond to different prescribed fire management regimes within high marsh ecosystems across the Gulf of Mexico.

Marshes

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will investigate how river diversions influence the living communities, food web structure, and function of created versus natural marshes to inform the development of marsh restoration strategies.

Migratory Birds

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will investigate migratory bird use of stopover habitats to inform bird habitat protection and restoration decisions in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Mobile Bay Tool

Decision support tool
This project will improve and expand an observing network and website that provides accurate real-time weather and water quality data to Alabama environmental managers and the public.

Observing Systems and Ecosystem Management

Monitoring
This project will assess Gulf of Mexico observation networks from an ecosystem management perspective, based on an approach that has been successfully used to assess the capacity of ocean observing networks to effectively monitor ocean circulation.

Oyster Contaminants

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will test whether trace elements associated with oil can be detected in oyster shells and serve as an indicator of oil exposure thus providing resource managers with a way to detect past oil exposure on oyster reefs.

Oyster Planning Tool

Decision support tool
This project will design, test, and put into use a decision support tool to assist resource managers and oyster farmers in optimizing oyster resources in the State of Mississippi.

Oysters, Blue Crabs, Seatrout

Climate change and weather, Living coastal and marine resources, Monitoring
This project explores how oyster, blue crab, and spotted seatrout populations respond to human and environmental changes with the goal of improving the management of these economically and culturally important species.

Red Snapper Tool

Decision support tool
This project will work with fishery managers to develop a decision-support tool to assess the effectiveness of different long-term management strategies and short-term management regulations for the red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Reef Fish Survey

Decision support tool, Ecosystem models, Living coastal and marine resources, Monitoring
This project combines habitat and water quality information with three integrated reef fish surveys to improve stock assessments of important fisheries by producing the most comprehensive database available for Gulf reef-fish abundance, size, and community composition.

Sargassum

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will evaluate the importance of Sargassum as a nursery habitat for fish in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Spawning Aggregations

Monitoring
This project will identify fish spawning aggregation areas in the Gulf of Mexico to provide the basis for fisheries research and conservation programs.

Turtlegrass

Living coastal and marine resources
This project will assess the use of turtlegrass by finfish and shellfish across the northern Gulf Mexico and evaluate the specific ways seagrass supports blue crabs, a commercially important species.