Researchers sort the catch into fishes, crustaceans, squids, and jellyfishes. (Provided by DEEPEND)

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.

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