Oil Spill Science Seminar: Fishery Impacts

Oil Spill Science Seminar: Five years later, what have we learned?
March 18th, 2015 in Point Clear, AL

Scientists presented the latest fisheries-related research about the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and dispersant application on Gulf of Mexico habitats, communities, and individual species. 

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Dr. Steven Murawski, a fisheries biologist and marine ecologist from the University of South Florida and former director of scientific programs and chief science advisor for NOAA Fisheries Service, spoke about health and contamination in Gulf fish. He also discussed the impacts the oil spill had on the food web and fish populations.

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Dr. Ken Heck, chair of University Programs at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and a professor of marine science at the University of South Alabama, discussed the impacts of the oil spill on animals inhabiting wetlands of the Alabama coast, as well as its effects on individual fish and their northern Gulf populations.

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Dr. Tracey Sutton, an oceanic ecologist and Associate Professor at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, spoke about NOAA’s sampling program shortly after the oil spill which studied offshore pelagic fishes (including juvenile reef fishes), shrimps, and squids.

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Dr. Samantha (Mandy) Joye (remotely), a biogeochemist and microbial ecologist with the Department of Marine Sciences at University of Georgia, discussed dispersants and their impacts on the food web and open ocean and coastal ecosystems.

Additional information:

If you have any questions about this seminar, please contact Larissa Graham with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant by email or at 251-348-5436.

If you would like to learn more about upcoming seminars, please visit our presentations webpage or sign up for our oil spill science updates emails.