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Counting Fish: Wrap Up and Conclusion

Since July 2012, I’ve 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 [...]

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Counting Fish – End of the season

HRI-boat

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. The work is part of a two-year study to analyze fish life around artificial reefs, which began in 2012. To date, they’ve [...]

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Counting Fish: We’re Back!

Removing red snapper from vertical longlines for measuring and tissue samples.

Equipped with a new 36-foot research vessel and summer weather, scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are getting back to work documenting marine life around artificial reef sites off the Texas Gulf Coast. Last year, HRI launched a two-year study, funded by the Texas Parks [...]

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Counting Fish: Growing Reefs

MU-828

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 [...]

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Counting Fish: Longlines, Lionfish and Liberty Ships

Multi-beam map of MU 616 Liberty Ship Reef on the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute

It’s been a busy week for scientists in the Gulf of Mexico Last week, scientists dropped longlines at artificial reef sites off the Texas coast, pulling up some nice-looking red snapper, gray snapper and triggerish. No fish and chips for dinner, though; these specimens were measured, weighed and contributed various tissue samples for research. Meanwhile, [...]

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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 [...]

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Counting Fish: on the artificial reefs

Image from a cut-off artificial reef site (MI-712). This gives you an idea of the sheer volume of fish on these structures 95 feet deep. Image pulled from the Go Pro video.

We see fish. Big schools of them, swimming around artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from the Texas shore. These reefs have been created from parts of oil and gas platforms, Liberty ships, and concrete and other materials to provide habitat for marine life. Many scientists believe such structures actually increase the [...]

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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 [...]

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