2017 Ecosystem status report update for the Gulf of Mexico

Mandy Karnauskas, Chris Kelble, Sean Regan, Charline Quenée, Rebecca Allee, Michael Jepson, Amy Freitag, Kevin Craig, Christina Carollo, Neda Trifonova, Leticia Barbero, David Hanisko, Glenn Zapfe

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report


With the aim of supporting Ecosystem-Based Management, the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Program seeks to provide scientific knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico integrated ecosystem, and transfer that knowledge to scientists and managers. A suite of indicators was developed to represent key components of the GoM, and are presented in this website and report. To aid in the selection of appropriate indicators, a conceptual modeling framework is used to identify focal ecosystem components. The conceptual framework used in this effort is described below.

This Ecosystem Status Report is compiled by NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Program (IEA), in collaboration with academic partners, conservation organizations, and other government and state agencies
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Number of pages51
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-706

We thank Matt McPherson, Michael Schirripa, Pamela Fletcher, Scott Cross, and Steve Giordano for their input in the planning stages of this document. We acknowledge Bonnie Ponwith, Alex Chester, Randy Clark and Shannon Martin for reviewing the document and providing helpful comments. We acknowledge Ruben van Hooidonk for providing data on ocean acidification, Frank Muller-Karger for data on net primary productivity, Amy Schuller for data on menhaden abundance, and Penny Hall for providing data on seagrass. David Gloeckner and Steve Turner assisted with NOAA Fisheries commercial landings statistics, Vivian Matter and Kenneth Brennan assisted with NOAA Fisheries recreational effort statistics and interpretation, and Shannon Cass-Calay assisted with stock assessment data. Craig Newton, James Sanders, and Mike McDonough provided assistance with data on artificial reef structures installed by state agencies. We thank Wesley M. Hochachka for guidance in using the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s eBird dataset. We also thank Jeffrey Gleason for a helpful review of the bird abundance section. Finally, we thank the science and management community that provided feedback on the original Ecosystem Status Report.

This research was carried out in part under the auspices of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), a Cooperative Institute of the University of Miami and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, cooperative agreement #NA10OAR4320143


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