Aerial Surveys for assessing marine mammals and sea turtles in the region of the Mississippi Canyon 252 incident
On 28 April, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center initiated a series of aerial surveys to assess the marine mammal and sea turtle species occurring within areas likely to be affected by oil from the Mississippi Canyon 252 (MS252) incident. There were two primary survey components. First, helicopter flights based in Houma, LA were executed to document the presence ofmarine mammals and sea turtles close to the site and within the oil slick itself. These surveys were designed on an adaptive basis to track the oil slick and support planning for mitigation efforts. Second, broad-scale synoptic surveys were conducted aboard the NOAA Twin Otter.
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