A case study of the effects of gas and oil production on artificial reef and demersal fish and macrocrustacean communities in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico
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This report provides a synthesis of the observed effects of the Buccanneer Gas and Oil Field on biological systems and fisheries of the study area. Demersal fishes and macrocrustaceans, the biofouling community, reef and pelagic fishes were used as indicators of impacts. Other biological components (bacteria, plankton and in-faunal benthos) were considered as part of the environment and were addressed only to the extent that they directly impacted or limited the primary indicator groups.