Six years ago, when the Deepwater Horizon disaster forced the federal government to close off vast tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to fishing, some commercial fisherman weighed anchor and tried their luck elsewhere. Others quit fishing to work for BP on the cleanup.
UC Davis Professor and Associate Director of CMSI Jim Sanchirico is working on the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The recipients of three synthesis grants, totaling over $2.1 million, are working to support projects that apply scientific synthesis to connect environmental, social, and/or health data to advance understanding of the short- and long-term impacts of offshore oil and gas operations on human communities in coastal regions adjacent to the U.S. outer continental shelf.
Read here about the grant from the project team of Steven Murawski, Claire B. Paris, and Jim Sanchirico. The project team plans to synthesize data to explore and quantify how oil spills like Deepwater Horizon affect fishing communities.
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