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Larger-than-average GoM ‘Dead Zone’ Expected

to help inform overall nutrient reduction targets across the watershed.This is the third year NOAA is producing its own forecast, using a suite of NOAA-supported hypoxia forecast models jointly developed by the agency and its partners – teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, North Carolina State University, and Dalhousie University and the USGS, who provided the loading data for the models. The NOAA forecast integrates the results of these multiple models into a separate average forecast and

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my only realistic option; but I also knew down deep that it wasn’t for me. I started exploring the idea of making a career switch into marine education, which included looking at DISL’s Discovery Hall and the fantastic education programs it offers.Then my former major professor at Louisiana State University told me about MATE. He had just returned from Monterey where he participated in the MATE Forum, which was hosted at MBARI. This was a gathering of marine-related industry, academic, and government professionals and was designed to discuss and lay out the critical issues facing marine technical

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20 years ago could not have imagined her position today.As a research associate at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), she knew that career-wise, the Ph.D. path was her only realistic options. But she knew deep down that the Ph.D. path was not for her.As fate had it her former major professor at Louisiana State University told her about MATE, helping to launch her career in education that has touched tens of thousands of young lives and brains, and contributed mightily to grooming that oft-discussed ‘next generation’.  As Zande celebrates her 20th anniversary with MATE, our “Number

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Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Smaller than Usual

area about the size of Delaware. This summer’s smaller-than-expected dead zone size is the fourth smallest area mapped since 1985 and is smaller than the 5,780 square miles forecast by NOAA in June.The effort to determine the size of the dead zone was led by NOAA-supported scientists at Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium during a research cruise from July 24 to 28 aboard the R/V Pelican.“Persistent winds from the west and northwest in the few weeks preceding the cruise likely pushed the low oxygen water mass to the east and piled it towards the central

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Average Sized Dead Zone Expected in the Gulf of Mexico

is the first year NOAA is conducting the Gulf dead zone forecast independently.  It is the culmination of a multi-year academic-federal partnership to develop a suite of NOAA-supported hypoxia forecast models. The partnership included teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, North Carolina State University and the USGS. Some of these groups are also developing independent forecasts, released in coordination with NOAA and using the USGS data.NOAA and its partners continue to develop additional

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, he supports the Research Board’s efforts to ensure the intellectual quality, research effectiveness, and scientific independence of the $500 million GoMRI research initiative. Dr. Wilson is a distinguished scientist and academic leader. He has held faculty and administrative posts at Louisiana State University (LSU), from an assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences to full professor and department chairman. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, and prior to that as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. 

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How Many Red Snapper Are in the Gulf of Mexico?

;   Scientists on the team include: Greg Stunz, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Will Patterson, University of Florida Sean P. Powers, University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island Sea Lab James Cowan, Louisiana State University Jay R. Rooker, Texas A&M University at Galveston Robert Ahrens, University of Florida, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Kevin Boswell, Florida International University Matthew Campbell, NOAA Fisheries (non-compensated collaborator) Matthew Catalano, Auburn University

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GoM Dead Zone is the Largest on Record

to fewer large shrimp, according to a NOAA-funded study led by Duke University. The study also found the price of small shrimp went down and the price of large shrimp increased, which led to short-term economic ripples in the Gulf brown shrimp fishery.    A team of scientists led by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium collected data to determine the size of the dead zone during a survey mission from July 24 to 31 aboard the R/V Pelican.    “We expected one of the largest zones ever recorded because the Mississippi River discharge levels

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Scientists Predict Third Largest GoM ‘Dead Zone’

Mission Area.   The partners plan to confirm the size of the 2017 Gulf dead zone in early August, following monitoring surveys.   The ensemble of models that are the foundation of the forecast was developed by NOAA-sponsored teams of researchers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences/College of William and Mary, Texas A&M University, North Carolina State University and the USGS.   To help reduce nutrient runoff, NOAA provides information to farmers through its Runoff Risk Advisory

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