A collaboration of divers, research scientists, aquarists and hobbyists learning more about the seasonal occurrence of Caribbean fish along the coast of the Northeast U.S.
The seasonal phenomenon of Gulf Stream Orphan arrivals creates a fascination shared by a large community of nature observers, divers, aquarists, and research scientists. GSOproject.org hopes to provide a common place for members of this community throughout the region to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of their occurrence and environmental impact.
Aquariums, universities, and other marine research institutions will benefit from the information gathered by the GSOproject. Assembling regional sighting data regarding species diversity and distribution of GSOs will help these organizations improve on data collection efforts. Public display of these fascinating creatures that would otherwise perish each winter will help promote education and conservation efforts of critical reef habitat.
Gauging Climate Change
GSOs arrive on the Northeastern U.S. coastline through the mechanism of Gulf Stream warm core rings (WCRs). These large bodies of water split off from the Gulf Stream and migrate north to New England while maintaining habitable water conditions for larval and post-larval fish. By learning more about GSOs and their distribution, we can attempt to use that data to understand the impacts of WCRs and their perturbations due to climate change.