The GSOproject is an attempt to learn more about this phenomenon on a regional scale.
A Group Effort
Data submitted by citizen scientists including scuba divers, dive clubs, and fish hobbyists as well as universities, aquariums, and marine research institutions will contribute to our greater understanding of Gulf Stream Orphans and their distribution. For years these groups have used GSOs for personal aquariums, exhibits, and research, but documenting sightings and geographic distribution of these species is largely anecdotal. Compiling a database of these occurrences will aid in the comprehensive understanding of the GSO phenomenon. This information will benefit regional institutions and provide researchers, biologists and oceanographers with a better understanding of the coastal ecology of the Northeast U.S. Additionally, gathering this data will help increase sustainable collecting by marine research institutions, by showcasing these fishes that will otherwise not survive. Public exhibition of these fishes provides the visitor a glimpse of their exceptional journey north, an introduction to oceanographic concepts and hopefully increases environmental awareness and interest in conservation efforts. On a grand scale, this data may even provide a valuable index for fluctuations in the Gulf Stream and oceanic circulation of the western Atlantic due to climate change.