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Understanding oil spill impacts on fishing communities of the Gulf of Mexico: From Deepwater

Horizon to future spill scenarios 



The project team plans to synthesize data to explore and quantify how oil spills like Deepwater Horizon affect fishing communities. This work includes both understanding how spills impact communities’ economic, ecological, and social systems—and modeling how these systems could be affected by future spills. Working with key fisheries stakeholders and local decision makers, the team plans to identify adaptive strategies that communities could use to mitigate future oil spills’ effects. This project has the potential to transform disaster planning and fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico while producing useful products for domestic and international fisheries stakeholders.