ECOGIG: Oil spill effects on deep-sea corals through the lenses of natural hydrocarbon seeps and long time series

Oceanography
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Abstract

The 2015 Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf (ECOGIG) expedition was a continuation of a three-year partnership between our Gulf of Mexico Research Institute-funded research consortium and the Ocean Exploration Trust to study the effects of oil and dispersant on corals and closely related communities affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (White et al., 2012, 2014; Hsing et al., 2013; Fisher et al., 2014a,b; Figure 1A– C). As part of our analysis, we explored a new site to the west of the Macondo well in lease block Mississippi Canyon (MC) 462 where we examined 50 new corals for impact from the spill (Figure 1D). A total of over 250 corals were re-imaged in 2015 for this ongoing time-series study. Another goal was to initiate a study to determine how proximity to natural seeps affects corals and infauna in these communities.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title ECOGIG: Oil spill effects on deep-sea corals through the lenses of natural hydrocarbon seeps and long time series
Series title Oceanography
DOI 10.5670/oceanog.2016.supplement.01
Volume 29
Issue 1
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher The Oceanography Society
Publisher location Rockville, MD
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 28
Last page 29
Other Geospatial Gulf of Mexico