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 2022


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • US FWS & BOEM

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.

Research Publications Publication Date
Michael, P.E., K.M Hixson, J.S. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y.G. Satgé, P.G.R. Jodice. 2023. Migration, breeding area, and seascape features shape seabird communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico. . PLoS ONE 18(6): e0287316. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0287316. | Download June 2023
Michael, P.E., K.M Hixson, J.C. Haney, Y.G. Satgé, J.S. Gleason, P.G.R. Jodice. 2022. Seabird vulnerability to oil: exposure potential, sensitivity, and uncertainty in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Frontiers in Marine Science 9:880750.
doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.880750 | Download
September 2022
Jodice, P.G.R., P.E. Michael, J.S. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y.G. Satgé. 2021.
Revising the marine range of the endangered black-capped petrel Pterodroma hasitata: Occurrence in the northern Gulf of Mexico and exposure to conservation threats. Endangered Species Research. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr001143. | Abstract | Download
September 2021
Presentations Presentation Date
Michael. P.E., J.C. Haney, J. Gleason, K.M. Hixson, Y. Satgé, P.G.R. Jodice. 2024. Flying fish distribution and co-occurrence with Sooty Terns in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. February 2024
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. May 2020
Michael, P.E.*, K.M. Hixson, J.C. Haney, J. Gleason, Y. Satgé, P.G.R. Jodice. 2023. Migration, breeding location, and seascape shaping seabird assemblages in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Waterbird Society 46th Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. October 2023
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. November 2019
Jodice, P.G.R., J. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y. Satgé, P. Michael, C. Gaskin, B. Keitt. 2024. Distribution of a Globally Endangered Seabird in the Northern Gulf: A Range Revision for the Black-capped Petrel. Gulf of Mexico Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida. February 2023
Jodice, P.G.R., J. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y. Satgé, P. Michael, C. Gaskin, B. Keitt. 2021. Revising the marine range of the endangered Black-capped Petrel. 6th World Seabird Twitter Conference. May 2021
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. October 2019
Grace, J., M. Ottinger, T. Maness, P. Jodice, R. Wilson. 2024. Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines: Avian Health Metrics. Gulf of Mexico Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida. February 2024
Gleason, J.S., P.E. Michael, K.M. Hixson, J.C. Haney, Y.G. Satgé, and PGR Jodice. 2024. Observations of non-marine avifauna during seabird vessel surveys in the northern Gulf of Mexico (2017-2019). Gulf of Mexico Conference, Tampa, FL. February 2024