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Counting Fish: We're Back!

Equipped with a new 36-foot research vessel and summer weather, scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are getting back to work documenting marine life around artificial reef sites off the Texas Gulf Coast.Last year, HRI launched a two-year study, funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, to analyze 15 artificial reef sites off the Texas coast and definitively answer the question of whether these reefs create new, self-sustaining habitat...

June 27, 2013 — Melissa Gaskill
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Counting Fish: well, thanks Isaac, no counting fish this week

My plans called for heading out from Port Aransas, Texas aboard MoAzul on Wednesday, August 29 – about the time Hurricane Isaac is expected to slam into the northern Gulf Coast.I hoped to watch Greg Stuntz, Jennifer Wetz and other scientists from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies conduct ROV surveys of two more sites, MU-A-85 and MU-A-16, which you can see from the map are far offshore, where waves were predicted to be as high as four feet or more...

August 27, 2012 — Melissa Gaskill
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Counting Fish: Gulf of Mexico Artificial Reef Survey

More than three thousand offshore oil and gas platforms currently stand in the Gulf of Mexico. Federal regulations have long required companies to remove everything from the sea once a well ceases production, and over the past several decades, hundreds of structures have been toppled into deep water or towed to shore to become scrap metal.In 2010, spurred by damage to offshore structures from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon disaster earlier that year, the Department of the Interior issued a Notice to Lessees...

July 13, 2012 — Melissa Gaskill
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