Publications about Gulf of Mexico

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Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card 2019 (Page 1)

Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card 2019

Jamie Currie, Heath Kelsey, Emily Nastase ·
29 May 2019

IAN staff and HRI scientists collaborated in a series of workshops in 2016 and 2018 to produce the 2019 Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card. This report card uses 13 biotic and 2 abiotic indicators to determine the overall condition of the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The coastline scored a B- (80%) overall, indicating moderately good ecosystem health. The report card breaks its indicators into five different categories: water quality, fisheries, birds, oysters and seagrasses.

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Yucatán State Report Card 2017 (Page 1)

Yucatán State Report Card 2017

Ize I, Guerra A, Zugazagoitia A, Kelsey H, Hawkey J, ·
2 August 2018

The first Yucatán Coast Report Card was released in April 2018, by the Laboratorio Nacional de Resiliencia Costera (LANRESC), in Sisal, Yucatán Mexico. The report card illustrates the unique connections of groundwater to important coastal resources and values through porous rock and a system of underground waterways. The report card scores indicators for biodiversity, habitat, and water resources.

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Costa del Estado de Yucatán (Page 1)

Costa del Estado de Yucatán

Heath Kelsey, Jane Hawkey ·
23 October 2016

La costa de Yucatán, en el NE de México, que limita con el Golfo de México, apoya una alta biodiversidad de plantas y animales, así como importantes actividades pesqueras y de turismo. Sin embargo, el rápido crecimiento de la región en términos de desarrollo costero está poniendo una inmensa presión sobre estos recursos naturales.

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Yucatan State Coast (Page 1)

Yucatan State Coast

Heath Kelsey, Jane Hawkey ·
23 October 2016

The Yucatan coast of NE Mexico that borders the Gulf of Mexico supports a high biodiversity of plants and animals, as well as important fisheries and tourism activities. However, the region's rapid growth in terms of coastal development is putting immense pressure on these natural resources.

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Assessing Progress (Page 1)

Assessing Progress

Jane Hawkey, Heath Kelsey ·
17 April 2013

Following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, seven Oil Spill Commission Action (OSCA) commissioners released their first report in April 2012— Assessing Progress: Implementing the Recommendations of the National Oil Spill Commission . It provided recommendations for making offshore energy production safer, improving oil spill response, and addressing the impacts on people, economy and the environment.

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Red Tides of the West Florida Shelf: Science and Management (Page 1)

Red Tides of the West Florida Shelf: Science and Management

Garrett M, Heil C and O'Neil JM ·
4 February 2013

Native to the Gulf of Mexico, Karenia brevis is a toxic dinoflagellate that blooms almost annually off the west coast of Florida. K. brevis blooms are not a new phenomenon on the west Florida shelf, and ships' logs suggest bloom-related events (fish kills) dating back to the 1500s. Coastal regions of Florida have experienced some of the most rapid population growth and development in the United States.

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Red Tides on the West Florida Shelf (Page 1)

Red Tides on the West Florida Shelf

Garrett M, Heil C and O'Neil JM ·
4 February 2013

Native to the Gulf of Mexico, Karenia brevis is a toxic dinoflagellate that blooms almost annually off the west coast of Florida. K. brevis blooms are not a new phenomenon on the west Florida shelf, and ships' logs suggest bloom-related events (fish kills) dating back to the 1500s. Coastal regions of Florida have experienced some of the most rapid population growth and development in the United States.

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Assessing Progress (Page 1)

Assessing Progress

Bob Graham, former Commission Co-Chair
William K. Reilly, former Commission Co-Chair
Frances Beinecke, former Commission Member
Donald F. Boesch, former Commission Member
Terry D. Garcia, , former Commission Member
Cherry A. Murray, former Commission Member
Fran Ulmer, former Commission Member ·
18 April 2012

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling established by President Obama was tasked with determining the root causes of the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, evaluate the responses, and make recommendations to minimize the risk that such a disaster would ever happen again. This report by the Commission is a graded progress assessment of the Administration, Congress, and the Oil Industry on implementing those recommendations.

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Impacts of Hypoxia on Zooplankton Spatial Distributions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Page 1)

Impacts of Hypoxia on Zooplankton Spatial Distributions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Roman MR, Pierson JJ, Kimmel DG, Boicourt WC, and Zhang X ·
2012

The northern Gulf of Mexico (NGOMEX) was surveyed to examine the broad-scale spatial patterns and inter-relationships between hypoxia (< 2 mg L-1 dissolved oxygen) and zooplankton biovolume. We used an undulating towed body equipped with sensors for conductivity, temperature, depth, oxygen, fluorescence, and an optical plankton counter to sample water column structure, oxygen, and zooplankton at high spatial resolution (1 m-vertical; 0.25-1 km-horizontal).

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A vision for the Gulf of Mexico Report Card (Page 1)

A vision for the Gulf of Mexico Report Card

McKinney L, Tunnell W, Harwell M, Gentile J, Dennison WC, Kelsey RH, Thomas JE ·
7 December 2011

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has partnered with IAN and Harwell Gentile & Associates, LC, to develop a vision for a report card on the health of the Gulf of Mexico. The report card will be a graphical representation of the environmental condition of the Gulf that is scientifically based, widely accessible, and readily understandable by policy-makers, stakeholders, scientists, and, most importantly, the general public.

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