DEEPEND|RESTORE is a 47-member, 11-institution research program funded by NOAA's RESTORE Science Program that expands upon the decade-long (2010-2020), open-ocean Gulf of Mexico research conducted during the NOAA-supported Offshore Nekton Sampling and Analysis Program (ONSAP) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative-funded Deep-Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium. This project aims to identify/quantify long-term trends in the offshore fauna (fishes, shrimps, and cephalopods) of the Gulf of Mexico. Further, DEEPEND will integrate this information with ongoing resource management in the Gulf of Mexico. This management includes economically and ecologically important pelagic fishes as well as marine mammals, sea birds, and sea turtles. In addition to baseline assessments, DEEPEND will identify key drivers of offshore assemblages, develop an ‘indicator species plan’ for detecting anthropogenic changes, and assemble a faunal inventory for the oceanic Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about our mission, team, research, products, and management applications, please dive into the rest of the DEEPEND|RESTORE website. 

Next research cruise DP09 departs on May 2nd

28 April 2023
Next research cruise DP09 departs on May 2nd

Our DEEPEND team is preparing for our next research cruise, which will set sail from Gulfport, MS on May 2, and last 11 days. We will continue to sample the deep-pelagic offshore fauna as part of our...

A Puzzle with Missing Pieces: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

20 September 2022
A Puzzle with Missing Pieces: Marine Mammals in the Gulf

Marine mammals are still being impacted by Deepwater Horizon as well as other threats. Scientists and managers are working to conserve them. Read the full story here


04 June 2022

From Armatus Oceanic Listen to Podcast here We have a confession to make. We talk a big game about how we are busting myths, tackling deep-sea tropes and showing the deep ocean as it really is… but w...


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Danté Fenolio, PhD
Manager of Conservation and Research
San Antonio Zoo

Tamara Frank, PhD
Associate Professor
Nova Southeastern University

Michael Vecchione, PhD
Research Scientist
National Systematics Lab

David Shale, PhD