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NOAA and Partners Study Link Between Nutrients, Food Availability, and the Survival of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Larvae

Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (NOAA)


During the 2017 research survey aboard NOAA Research Vessel the Nancy Foster, researchers continued their study of the distribution and abundance of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna and other tuna larvae in the Gulf of Mexico. This project’s ship time also supported the RESTORE Science program, focusing on the impacts of nitrogen in the Gulf of Mexico. The research focused on the linkages between ecosystem biogeochemistry, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and larval tuna. The collaborators in this research included scientists from University of Miami, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego, Florida State University, University of Hawaii, Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) in Spain, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) and the Instituto Nacional de Pesca (INAPESCA) in Mexico.

Read the blog about the Team’s past adventure and follow along with them on their next expedition scheduled for April/May 2018.

Details about the Bluefin Tuna Larvae Project

For more information about tuna visit the NOAA Fisheries website.

Primary Contact: John Lamkin

Written by Kate Swails