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Corals and Fishes

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


In 2009-2011, NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Science and Technology Program is partnering with several federal and academic partners  
to explore deep sea coral ecosystems off the Southeast U.S.  Research objectives of the multi-year science plan include to map and characterize 
coral and fish populations in and adjacent to the new managed areas.  Previous expeditions in 
and 2010 explored deep coral ecosystems from North Carolina to Florida. 

The 2011 expedition aboard the 
NOAA Ship Pisces 
departs Jacksonville, FL on May 31, 2011 and will return to Fort Lauderdale, FL on June 11.  The exploration asset is the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) 
Arc, operated by 
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 
Benthic Resources Group, in La Jolla, CA. The focus of the 2011 expedition will be to explore hard 
grounds out to 500 m depth off south Florida, with emphasis on assessing areas that are near coral habitat, but still open to bottom fishing 
activities, and assessing the water column community associated with coral habitat.  For more see the Expedition Overview.

View All Cruise Images Here

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.