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Introducing GoMDIS: The Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Identification System

Feb 20, 2013 5 comments

Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and several Unusual Mortality Events (UMEs) in the northern Gulf of Mexico, it was found that there was insufficient information to manage bottlenose dolphins as mandated by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act.   Problems such as the current stock delineations being based arbitrarily on geography rather than dolphin biology [...]

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Long-term trends in a coastal northern Gulf of Mexico bottlenose dolphin population in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Jan 15, 2013 No Comments

The Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill began on 20 April 2010 and resulted in the largest oil spill in the history of the U.S., contaminating approximately 800 kilometers of coastline and nearshore waters along the northern Gulf of Mexico, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle.  The oil spill was an additional stressor [...]

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: 2010-2011 Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the St. Joseph Bay bottlenose dolphin community

Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) was performed on the St. Joseph Bay bottlenose dolphin community. The overall goals of the NRDA process, which is part of NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP), are to: 1) Identify the extent of resources that were damaged 2) [...]

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