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Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center - Florida
Deep-sea Cruises 2010 - Cruise 1
September 20 - October 3, 2010
This is the first cruise of the final year of a 4-year project funded by the U.S. Geological Survey's Terrestrial, Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems Program provided in support of the information needs of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). The cruise will examine deep coral sites in the eastern and north-central Gulf of Mexico using the research vessel Cape Hatteras and the Kraken ROV. We will use the ROV to conduct photographic surveys of the deep coral habitats and collect coral and coral inhabitants for genetics, reproduction, microbiology, food-web, and community studies. Considering the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this cruise will pay particular attention to the health and status of habitats and communities encountered and will describe any observed impacts. Please select a cruise log entry for day-by-day updates.
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