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Antarctic Ships

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Exteme Corals 2011: NOAA Expedition to Assess Deep Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast US 



Explore the folders below to view images from each day's research activities. 

Learn more and follow the expedition through the following resources: 


Follow cruise track on Google Earth
NOAA’s Interest and Mandates Related to Deep Sea Corals
SAFMC's Deep-coral Page
Deep-coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) For more information on xCorals 2011, visit the Main Cruise Page, or contact Andy Shepard.

Entering the Delta submersible 



Researcher Mary Yoklavich enters the Delta submersible for a dive off San Nicolas Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. 
Together with researchers from UC Santa Barbara, Mary's team uses the Delta to assess fish assemblages in deep water. This particular cruise focused on cowcod within the Cowcod Conservation Area. 
Date: November 2002 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

The Delta submersible returns 



The Delta submersible returns to the boat after a successful dive off Anacapa Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. 
On this cruise, data from observers inside the submersible were calibrated by having the observers count fake fish of known sizes and distances from the sub. This helped researchers gauge the bias in observer counts. 
Date: September 2005 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan


Launching the Dual Deepworker Submersible


 


A scientist and pilot inside the Dual DeepWorker submersible are launched off the stern of the fishing vessel Velero IV. Collaboration with the fishing industry enhances our research by leveraging the knowledge and expertise of the fishermen to successfully launch, retrieve, and track the manned submersible underwater. Without the F/V Velero IV and its crew, the fishermen's tools and necessary skills would be unavailable to our scientists. Also, by contracting with the fishermen of the Velero IV, we have fostered a longterm understanding of our science among members of the fishing community.
 


Date: October 2010 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team


Exiting the Delta submersible


 


Researcher Tom Laidig exits the Delta submersible after surveying longline fishing gear deployed by the Miss Alison off Davenport, California. The Habitat Ecology Team collaborated with a local fisherman to observe the actively fishing gear in a study of gear catchability. 


Date: August 2004 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team