What is DEEPEND|RESTORE?

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. 


Podcast - THE PELAGIC DEEP SEA WITH TRACEY SUTTON

04 June 2022
Podcast - THE PELAGIC DEEP SEA WITH TRACEY SUTTON

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...

Population Genomic Dynamics of Mesopelagic Lanternfishes

13 May 2022
Population Genomic Dynamics of Mesopelagic Lanternfishes

Assessing the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DWHOS) on deep-sea fish assemblages of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has been hindered by an absence of baseline (pre-spill) data concerning the po...

Special Issue of Oceanography magazine

14 July 2021
Special Issue of Oceanography magazine

DEEPEND is so pleased to share this special issue of Oceanography magazine dedicated to ten years of GoMRI science! You can access the electronic version of the issue here. The issue is the culminati...

Jay Rooker, PhD

Jay Rooker is a Regents Professor and the McDaniel Chair of Marine Fisheries at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He holds faculty appointments in the Department of Marine Biology (Galveston) and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences (College Station). Professor Rooker is a recognized leader in the field of fisheries ecology, and his pioneering research using natural chemical tags has provided novel insights on the trans-ocean migration and natal homing of large pelagic fishes. He has been the lead scientist on a broad spectrum of projects on estuarine, coastal, and pelagic fishes over the past two decades in a variety of locations including the Mediterranean Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Equatorial Pacific Ocean, and Caribbean Sea. For DEEEPEND, Prof. Rooker will investigate the consequences of the DH oil spill on the early life ecology and population dynamics of pelagic fishes such as billfishes and tunas.