The Coastal National Aquatic Resource Surveys Contest, hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency, asks students to examine data across a wide range of ecologies involved in coastal health. Kelly utilized the information on benthic ecosystems, fish and invertebrates on the sea floor, and compared it with the economic characteristics of the marine economy of coastal Floridian and Gulf communities. Many of these communities rely upon the recreational and commercial fishing as their primary source of income. The study highlights the links between ecological, economic, and social resilience.
June 1, 2014