Project Title: PICSI project 3: Okeanos Explorer ROV Surveys of Pahanaumokuakea, Marianas Trench, and Pacific Remote Islands MNM, and American Samoa
Project Summary

Conduct visual surveys to locate and characterise deep-sea coral communities in the marine national monuments and American Samoa.

Anticipated Management Application(s)  None Defined
Location(s):
  • American Samoa
  • Marianas Trench MNM
  • Pacific Remote Islands MNM
  • Papahanaumokuakea MNM
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • OAR OER
Project Title: PICSI project 3: Okeanos Explorer ROV Surveys of Pahanaumokuakea, Marianas Trench, and Pacific Remote Islands MNM, and American Samoa
Methods/Approach

The second and third of 3 Okeanos Explorer cruises each year will be dedicated to conducting deep-sea ROV surveys.  Site selection and transect plans will be created in ArcGIS.  At the preparation of this report, survey targets include rift zone and drowned reef terrace ridges, seamounts, and submerged craters in the various monuments where deep-sea corals and sponges are expected to be found in abundance.  Based on planning information provided by OER, each Deep Explorer ROV dive will have a duration of approximately 8 hrs and cover a minimum distance of 1 km.  Exact site selection and survey lines will be created once OER has finalized its plan.  Following the cruises, ROV video will be annotated to create deep-sea coral and sponge records for inclusion into the DSCP national database.  A GIS project that provides location, species, and abundance data will be updated with the new records.

Project Results and Management Outcomes  None Defined
Project Title: PICSI project 3: Okeanos Explorer ROV Surveys of Pahanaumokuakea, Marianas Trench, and Pacific Remote Islands MNM, and American Samoa
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