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Aquatic Life

There are more than 228,000 marine species worldwide, ranging from seadragon to seaweed, according to the World Register of Marine Species. But there are a number of environmental stressors that impact the health and safety of aquatic life. Invasive species, for example, have changed the ecology of waterways and damaged critical industries like fisheries, agriculture and tourism, costing millions of dollars annually in control and mitigation. Researchers at the University of Michigan are partnering with communities, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to protect aquatic life, exploring important issues ranging from invasive species to fisheries management to habitat and wetland restoration.

News and Impact

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NERRS Science Collaborative awards over $4 million for user-driven coastal science
Western Lake Erie and an algae bloom as seen from a Landsat-8 satellite in September 2017. Image credit: NASA/USGS
Smaller summer harmful algal bloom predicted for western Lake Erie
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Ocean microplastics: First global view shows seasonal changes and sources
The Mississippi River near Vicksburg, looking Northeast at the Interstate 20 bridge, the confluence of the Yazoo River is in the foreground. The photo was taken by a drone flown by Jim Alvis and Mike Manning of the U.S. Geological Survey in the summer of 2016. Image credit: USGS
Average-sized ‘dead zone’ forecast for Gulf of Mexico
Experts from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources report that the 2020 dead zone is the second smallest observed in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay since monitoring began in 1985.
Chesapeake Bay dead zone smaller than in recent years
Gulf of Mexico "dead zone"
Large ‘dead zone’ expected for Gulf of Mexico
Mangrove-lined estuary on Abaco Island in the Bahamas where U-M ecologists study the importance of highly active individuals in maintaining ecosystem health
Super-urinators among the mangroves: Excretory gifts from estuary’s busiest fish promote ecosystem health
Sign for Carlson's Fisheries
U-M alum behind 5th-generation business