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NOAA Forecasts Average-Size Gulf of Mexico Summer ‘Dead Zone’

June 2, 2022

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Presented by Michigan News

A team of scientists, including Don Scavia, a U-M aquatic ecologist, predicts that the Gulf of Mexico will be home to an average-sized “dead zone” this summer. The Gulf of Mexico dead zone, or hypoxic area, is an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life. Scavia shares insight’s on his team’s research, highlighting that this year’s forecast, although lower than last year, is still comparable to the 35-year average, showing that current efforts to reduce the zone are not working.

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