Video – Gulf of Mexico Marine Ecosystem

The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem spans from the Yucatan peninsula to the straits of Florida, and is heavily influenced by the flow of freshwater from the Mississippi River. In 2010, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 1.3 billion pounds of fish and earned $635 million in landings revenue from this ecosystem. Its seabed also produces more than half the U.S. domestic supply of oil and natural gas. Successfully managing marine fisheries in today’s busy ocean requires us to understand the entire ecosystem and suite of impacts on their survival.  This video describes some of the key species within this ecosystem, as well as common stressors to these and other species. This video is also an example of a visualization tool that NOAA Fisheries has developed to better communicate the framework and findings of ecosystem models and to inform ecosystem-based fisheries management.