Project Title: 2018 NOAA Ship Nancy Foster mapping essential fish habitat in the U.S. Caribbean to inform MPA management
Project Summary

NF-1804: June 27-July 14, 2018  Chief Scientist: Tim Battista

This cruise will be conducting the twelfth year of an ongoing scientific research mission funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The purpose of the cruise will be to collect swath bathymetry, acoustical backscatter, ROV optical validation, fishery acoustics, and Slocum Glider deployments within coastal waters of Puerto Rico.

Anticipated Management Application(s)  None Defined
Location(s):
  • Caribbean
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  • NOS NCCOS
Project Title: 2018 NOAA Ship Nancy Foster mapping essential fish habitat in the U.S. Caribbean to inform MPA management
Methods/Approach

Scientists will collect high resolution multibeam and acoustic fisheries data in mid-water depths approximately 10 to 1,500 meters so as to continue to characterize seafloor habitats within all U.S. States, Territories, and Commonwealths.  The objective of this project is to collect a multibeam bathymetry dataset with 100% seafloor ensonification, along with multibeam backscatter suitable for seafloor characterization.  Fishery acoustics data will be collected to characterize broad-scale fish abundance, biomass, and utilization patterns, as well as to locate and document fish spawning aggregations.  Multibeam data will be collected to conform to IHO Order 1 (<100m) and Order 2 (>100m) accuracy standards. The strategies developed for each survey area will take into account the minimum depths, general bathymetry, and time allotment.  The delineation and identification of seafloor habitats will be assisted by the use of a moderate-depth Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The vehicle has video and frame camera capability to depths of 300 meters and will be used for transect sampling within areas mapped during this mission.

Project Results and Management Outcomes  None Defined
Project Title: 2018 NOAA Ship Nancy Foster mapping essential fish habitat in the U.S. Caribbean to inform MPA management
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