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Crabs caught in abandoned trap 



A derelict spot prawn trap continues to capture crabs in the waters off southern California at 247 meters depth. Observed during a 2002 cruise to assess cowcod within the Cowcod Conservation Areas near the Channel Islands. 
Date: November 2002 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team


Vacuum cleaner on the sea floor


 


An example of marine debris, a vacuum cleaner sits on the sea floor at Portuguese Ledge in southern Monterey Bay. 
Taken from the Delta submersible during the 2008 IMPACT cruise to determine baseline fish abundances inside and outside new marine protected areas off central California. 


Date: October 2008 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team


Shortspine combfish and beer bottle


 



A beer bottle and a shortspine combfish on the seafloor off southern California at 182 meters depth. Observed during a 2002 cruise to assess cowcod within the Cowcod Conservation Areas near the Channel Islands.
 


Date: October 2002 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

Redbanded rockfish by derelict trap 



A juvenile redbanded rockfish next to an abandoned spot prawn trap covered with sponges, crinoids, and starfish at 240 meters depth. Photo taken from the Delta submersible during the 2007 IMPACT cruise to determine baseline fish abundances inside and outside new MPAs off central California. 
Date: October 2007 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

Teapot on seafloor 



A teapot sits on the seafloor at 85 meters depth at Cortes Bank off southern California. Observed during a 2002 cruise to assess cowcod within the Cowcod Conservation Areas near the Channel Islands. 
Date: October 2002 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

Flag rockfish and fishing line 



A flag rockfish under monofilament fishing line encrusted with sponges and bryozoans at 80 meters depth. Photo taken from the Delta submersible during the 2007 IMPACT cruise to determine baseline fish abundances inside and outside new MPAs off central California. 
Date: October 2007 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

Basket star on fishing net 



A basket star sits on a derelict fishing net at 90 meters depth at Portuguese Ledge in Monterey Bay. Photo taken from the Delta submersible during the 2007 IMPACT cruise to determine baseline fish abundances inside and outside new MPAs off central California. 
Date: October 2007 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

Gill net caught on rocks 



A gill net snagged on rock in the waters off southern California at 80 meters depth. Observed during a 2002 cruise to assess cowcod within the Cowcod Conservation Areas near the Channel Islands. 
Date: November 2002 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

Gorgonians and fishing line 



Monofilament fishing line caught on gorgonian coral at Portuguese Ledge in Monterey Bay at 95 meters depth. Photo taken from the Delta submersible during the 2007 IMPACT cruise to determine baseline fish abundances inside and outside new MPAs off central California. 
Date: November 2007 Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team


Prawn/fish trap on the sea floor 
 

A classic example of marine debris, a derelict fish/prawn trap continues to 'ghost fish' at 9 Mile Bank, which is approximately nine miles 
off the coast of San Diego. Inside the trap, there is at least one bank rockfish (Sebastes rufus). This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at approximately 530m.



Date: January 2005 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group


Retro soda can 
 

An old Pepsi Cola can sits on the rocky sea floor at 43 Fathom Bank off the coast of San Diego.  
Behind the can is a shortspine thornyhead (Sebastolobus alascanus). This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) 
at approximately 530m.



Date: March 2005 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group


Battery covered in crinoids 
 

A large car/boat battery rests on the sea floor near San Nicolas Island. The battery is covered in crinoids, which may serve 
as artificial habitat for a young rosy rockfish (Sebastes rosaceus). This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) 
at approximately 110m.



Date: December 2007 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group


A bucket in the mud 
 

An orange bucket rests on the sea floor at the Blackgill Spot, near 43 Fathom Bank off the coast of San Diego. The bucket has become 
home to a sea anemone and a few brittle stars. This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) 
at approximately 430m.



Date: February 2006 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group


Ammunition at 9 Mile Bank 
 

A stack of un-fired ammunition lies partially buried in the soft sediment at 9 Mile Bank off the coast of San Diego. Several brittle 
stars have excavated a home underneath the shell casings. This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at approximately 150m.



Date: March 2006 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group


A boot at Tanner Bank 
 

An unhappy fisherman has recently lost one of his XTRATUFF boots at Tanner Bank. This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at approximately 40m.



Date: October 2008 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group


An entangled shark in a gill net 
 

A derelict gill net continues to 'ghost fish' at Farnsworth Bank, near Santa Catalina Island in southern California. In this case, 
a shark has recently become entangled in the net and died. This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at approximately 50m.



Date: October 2008 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group


A prawn/fish trap at Farnsworth Bank 
 

A prawn/fish trap rests on the sea floor at Farnsworth Bank, near Santa Catalina Island in southern California. A school of small 
rosy rockfishes (Sebastes rosaceus) are aggregated around the trap. This trap has likely been in place for a while given the amount 
of encrusting organisms present. This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries 
Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at approximately 35m.



Date: October 2008 
Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Resources Division, Benthic Resources Group