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Cruise Report for NOAA Ship Nancy Foster Cruise NF-22-06

September 30, 2023

Between 9 August and 1 September, 2022, the Mesophotic and Deep Benthic (MDBC) Habitat Assessment and Evaluation (HAE) and Mapping, Ground-truthing, and Predictive Habitat Modeling (MGM) projects implemented remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives, multibeam surveys, and conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) operations at deep-sea sites in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The primary sites selected are a region of known deep-sea coral habitats, including Deepwater Horizon (DWH) injured and reference sites at depths of 1,100–2,000 m.

The cruise includes objectives from MGM and HAE projects. Habitat characterization and analysis of biological samples collected with ROV Odysseus maintain long-term data flows and fill critical data gaps on the biology and ecology at impacted and reference sites, assess potential ongoing impacts from threats, refine predictive habitat models, help target locations for direct restoration and protection, and determine a baseline for health and condition. Multibeam echosounder data can help document the broadscale abundance and distribution of MDBC, characterize benthic habitats, and provide information that can help guide future ROV surveys.

Publication Year 2023
Title Cruise Report for NOAA Ship Nancy Foster Cruise NF-22-06
DOI 10.25923/nwxc-ab95
Authors Randy Clark, Amanda Demopoulos
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Series Title DWH MDBC Cruise Report
Series Number CR-23-03
Index ID 70249643
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center