Oil and gas platforms must be removed in the northern Gulf of Mexico following lease termination. These platforms have become an important habitat for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico, therefore removal can result in high fish mortalities and habitat loss. To determine the value of these platforms as reef habitat, Red Snapper were tracked using acoustic telemetry around three oil and gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This talk will discuss the results from this study, and how they relate to scheduling platform removals in the Gulf of Mexico.
Aminda Everett is a fisheries biologist with a specialty in acoustic telemetry. She graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of North Georgia and an MS in Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Allied Sciences from Auburn University. Currently, she is a lecturer in the Biology Department at the UNG.