NOAA Ship PISCES 'Extreme Coral 2011' - Ship Tracker

On May 31, 2011, the NOAA Ship PISCES will depart from Jacksonville, FL to explore deep-sea coral banks that dwarf the shallow reefs off the Florida Keys, and that are now part of the largest deep-water coral protected area off the coast of the continental U.S., encompassing 23,000 square miles of continental shelf (about the size of the state of West Virginia). Like shallow reefs, deep-coral beds and mounds are oases for biodiversity and productivity.

NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, through its Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program, is sponsoring the research expedition named ‘Extreme Corals 2011’ The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries 
Disclaimer. The mission is part of a three-year regional effort off the southeast coast of FL led by a five member team of NOAA scientists from around the country. Andrew David from the NOAA Fisheries' Panama City Laboratory will be the Chief Scientist on this mission. This is the first cruise of the 2011 field season, an undertaking aimed to better understand the location, distribution, status and health of deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems in order to inform conservation and management actions. The expedition will use NOAA Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center's high-definition, high-voltage remotely operated vehicle (ROV), named 'Arc', to explore the deep-water coral habitats.

The research team will consist of a multidisciplinary group of scientists from NOAA Fisheries' Panama City Laboratory, the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries 
Disclaimer, Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries 
Disclaimer, NOAA's Center for Coastal Ocean Studies, NOAA Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Florida State University The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries 
Disclaimer, and the University of Louisiana Lafayette The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries 
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The map below will track the location of the NOAA Ship PISCES as it travels from Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, stopping to survey deep-water corals and fishes along they way. Check back daily to see where these scientists are working, and a recent photograph of that day's activities.

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