Workshop Coordinates Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Dead Zone Research
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team, and the NOAA Northern Gulf Institute hosted the 2nd annual workshop to coordinate research related to the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, the largest hypoxia area in the U.S. with nutrient management implications for 40% of the continental U.S.
The workshop, held March 31-April 1 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, consisted of presentations from major groups conducting hypoxic zone research plus implementation planning for coordinated monitoring, data collection, outreach and forecasting. Workshop outcomes are improved management of the hypoxic zone through coordinated Federal research and incorporation of workshop findings and plans into the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force’s Annual progress Report and Annual Operating Plan.
NCCOS is a member of the Task Force and Federal lead for the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA) supporting hypoxia research in the region over the past two decades.