Better Science Needed for Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

  title={Better Science Needed for Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico},
  author={Karen A. Bjorndal and Brian W. Bowen and Milani Chaloupka and Larry B. Crowder and Selina S. Heppell and Cynthia M. Jones and Molly E. Lutcavage and David Policansky and Andrew R. Solow and Blair E. Witherington},
  pages={537 - 538}
In the wake of the BP oil spill, U.S. agencies need research plans to collect data that will aid in managing and assessing marine species and ecosystems. The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) has damaged marine ecosystems and jeopardized endangered and commercial species under U.S. jurisdiction (see the figure). Agencies that manage protected species—including the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—are tasked with… 

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Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

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Ecosystem modeling in the Gulf of Mexico: current status and future needs to address ecosystem-based fisheries management and restoration activities

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In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, a long-distance migrant, the northern gannet suffered the highest oiling among beach-wrecked birds recovered, and analysis of bird-borne tracking data indicated that 25 per cent of their North American population from multiple colonies in eastern Canada migrated to the pollution zone.

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Executive Order 13543: National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

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