Project Details
Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS)

Project Summary

Improved information is needed on living marine resource abundance, distribution, habitat use, and behavior in the Gulf of Mexico to properly mitigate and monitor for potential impacts of human activities, including related to offshore energy development. Understanding of cumulative impacts on protected species in the Gulf from both natural and anthropogenic forcing is required to inform NEPA documents and consultations and rulemaking related to Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), as well as other statues that govern bureau activities. The results of this study will provide important information to inform both BOEM and BSEE regulatory needs, as well as other agencies and stakeholders involved in effective management and conservation of Gulf protected species.

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This study is a partnership between BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program, NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center, USFWS Southeast Region, and USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. This program is officially recognized as a research partnership through the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP).

For additional information regarding GoMMAPPS, questions may be directed to Rebecca Green at (504) 736-2740. Media/press questions should be directed to Public Affairs at (504) 731-7815