Dispatches E-News: Valdez, Craft & Fauna (04/04/18)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Lessons From The Past: The 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

In 1989, 11 million gallons of crude leaked from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker into Prince William Sound in Alaska, devastating everything in its path and causing fishery collapses in the years that followed. Based on historical evidence such as this, the scientists studying Deepwater Horizon are preparing themselves for unexpected environmental impacts.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Is It Safe To Go In The Water?

“It was frightening. We had no idea what to expect. Can we get in the water? Can we walk on the beach? Can we eat the seafood? And unfortunately our worst dreams came true.” — Robert Craft

Robert Craft, the mayor of the coastal resort town Gulf Shores, recounts his community’s ordeal after the Deepwater Horizon disaster (when massive amounts of oil came ashore on their beaches) and describes how the environment and economy are faring seven years later.

[LISTEN HERE]


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Science at Sea: Deep-Sea Research Informs Taxonomic Assessment of Gulf Fauna

The deep-pelagic ecosystem was the largest habitat affected by the Deepwater Horizon incident, yet our limited knowledge about its fauna makes it difficult to compare their conditions before and after the spill. Researchers with the DEEPEND consortium are developing a quantitative, taxonomically comprehensive assessment of these deep-sea creatures to estimate their vulnerability and ability to recover from disturbances. The scientists led two research expeditions in 2017 and collected acoustic and physical oceanography data, 113 water samples, and over 10,000 specimens from net sampling.

Photo courtesy of DEEPEND.

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Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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Dispatches is made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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