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Stories by Melissa Gaskill

Counting Fish: Wrap Up and Conclusion

Counting Fish: Wrap Up and Conclusion

Since July 2012, Ive been posting about a study of artificial reefs along the Texas coast. Scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in Corpus Christi conducted the research, funded by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, to determine whether these structures increase fish populations, and whether their location, type and [...]

December 23, 2013 — Melissa Gaskill
Counting Fish – End of the season

Counting Fish – End of the season

Scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies stayed busy this summer completing vertical longline sampling and ROV and diving surveys at artificial and natural reefs off the Texas coast.

October 3, 2013 — Melissa Gaskill

Counting Fish: We're Back!

The Harte Research Institute team now operates a 36-foot Yellowfin research boat, purchased as part of a grant from The Coastal Conservation Association to establish the first research center for the study of sportfish in the western Gulf of Mexico at HRI.

June 27, 2013 — Melissa Gaskill

Counting Fish: Growing Reefs

Natural coral reefs grow oh-so-slowly. Artificial ones sometimes grow by leaps and bounds, as scientists from Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently discovered.The scientists are in the midst of a two-year survey of marine life around artificial structures in the Gulf, which I’ve been covering since late summer.

December 8, 2012 — Melissa Gaskill

Counting Fish: Longlines, Lionfish and Liberty Ships

It’s been a busy week for scientists in the Gulf of Mexico Multi-beam map of MU 616 Liberty Ship Reef on the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute Last week, scientists dropped longlines at artificial reef sites off the Texas coast, pulling up some nice-looking red snapper, gray snapper and triggerish.

October 16, 2012 — Melissa Gaskill

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

Counting Fish: on the artificial reefs

We see fish. Big schools of them, swimming around artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from the Texas shore. Image from a cut-off artificial reef site (MI-712).

August 8, 2012 — Melissa Gaskill

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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