Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Carolina Project


Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species

August 2017 - December 2021


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • US FWS & BOEM
Dr. Chris Haney (collaborator) surveying for seabirds, Gulf of Mexico

Limited information is available regarding the species composition, distribution, and abundance of seabirds using the nearshore and offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For example, to date there have been only three standardized and/or repeatable surveys for pelagic seabirds in the Gulf. The sparse data available on distribution and abundance of seabirds in the Gulf hinders both our understanding of seabird ecology and our ability to plan for or respond to data needs during oil and gas activities. Our goal is to conduct vessel-based surveys for pelagic seabirds in the northern Gulf. The research will satisfy a portion of the newly initiated Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPS). The study area includes the northern portion of the Gulf of Mexico Basin which represents the approximate location of the EEZ of the USA. This region encompasses the Western, Central, and Eastern Planning Areas of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Vessel-based surveys will occur throughout each planning area. Beginning in 2017, we conducted surveys using NOAA vessels to assess the abundance and distribution of birds utilizing the pelagic environment. We are also developing additional components that will use telemetry to document movement patterns of seabirds from both the nearshore and pelagic environments. Collectively, these data will permit spatially-explicit modeling of seabird abundance and distribution across the Gulf and provide a critical basis for understanding and addressing potential impacting factors in the region.

Presentations Presentation Date
Gleason, J.S., R. Wilson, P.G.R. Jodice, J.E. Lyons, E.F. Zipkin, E.D. Silverman, J.C. Haney, Y. G. Satge, E.A. Adams, S.D. Earsom, M.D. Koneff, J.S. Wortham. Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS): a Nexus to Regulatory Decision-Making. Annual Meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Tuscon, Arizona 2018-04-15
Jodice, P. G. R., Gleason, J., Haney, J. C., Satgé, Y., Michael, P. E. 2019. Novel insights on the distribution and abundance of seabirds from vessel-based surveys in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. February 4-7, New Orleans, LA. 2019-02-05
Jodice, P. G. R., Gleason, J., Haney, J. C., Satgé, Y., Michael, P. E. 2019. The Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species: Development and implementation of large-scale, long-term monitoring strategies. Symposium: Implementation of the National Bird Conservation Priorities, The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada. 2019-10-05
Michael, P.E.*, J. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y. Satgé, P.G.R. Jodice. 2019. Black terns in the northern Gulf of Mexico: initial observations from the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species. Waterbird Society 43rd Annual Conference and General Meeting, Salisbury, MD, USA. 2019-11-07
Michael, P.E., J.S. Gleason, J.C. Haney, J.C., Y. Satgé, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2020. Flying without a passport: northern Gulf of Mexico exemplifies multi-national use with uncertain origin of seabirds. 6th World Seabird Twitter Conference. 2020-05-05
Jodice, P.G.R., J. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y. Satgé, P. Michael, C. Gaskin, B. Keitt. 2020. Revising the marine range of the endangered Black-capped Petrel. 6th World Seabird Twitter Conference. 2020-05-05