A research team dedicated to further the understanding of oil induced effects on fish and the potential for recovery
RECOVER (Relationships of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in fish for Validation of Ecological Risk) is one of 12 research groups awarded grants totaling 140 million by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) — a 20-member independent research board created to allocate the $500 million committed by BP for independent research programs following the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill.
The spill spanned 87 days during which approximately 4 million barrels of crude oil were released into the northern Gulf of Mexico; making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history.
RECOVER scientists are examining the detrimental effects of oil on two ecologically and economically important species of fish in the Gulf of Mexico: Mahi-mahi and Red drum.
Concerningly, the DWH spill overlapped with the spawning events of many commercially and ecologically important fish species, including yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, mahi-mahi and other large pelagic or open-ocean fish. Not only were the breeding fish themselves exposed, but also their more sensitive and vulnerable offspring. Previous studies show that exposure to small fractions of oil at these early life stages lead to decreased and impaired heart function and swim performance. Oil concentrations found in coastal waters, while less than those in the open ocean, were still high enough to result in similar negative effects in other fish species.
Examine the extent of negative effects caused by like concentrations of oil in mahi-mahi and red drum and the possibility for recovery
Provide insight into best practices for managing future spills
Determine outcomes on an ecosystem wide scale
The RECOVER consortium brings together the expertise and experience of marine biologists, aquatic toxicologists and geneticists from four research institutions.
The University of Miami Experimental Hatchery of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is located on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay approximately 1 mile southeast of downtown Miami, Florida. The Experimental Hatchery includes a number of culture areas, which give the facility the capability of concurrently supporting a wide variety of diverse research projects including the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) funded RECOVER consortium.Contact Us
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A new video documents why Ph.D students Lela Schlenker is satellite tagging captive mahi-mahi at the University of Miami’s Experimental Hatchery. The tags are capable of recording location, depth, temperature, light levels and acceleration. Findings from this study will shed light on the under-studied spawning behavior of mahi and is also the first time such events […]Read More
RECOVER set up a themed station for children at the annual Ocean Kids day to show the effects of oil on juvenile fishRead More