Field Initiative Title: West Coast deep-sea coral fieldwork initiative 2010-2012
Abstract

In 2010, NOAA's Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program launched a research initiative on the West Coast of the U.S. to locate, study, and provide information for the conservation of deep-sea coral and sponge habitats. The initiative was developed in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council and targeted towards information that could inform management. Field research was conducted at various sites in and around four national marine sanctuaries and in sponge habitats offshore of Grays Harbor, Washington, as well as at seamounts in Canadian and international waters to further the understanding of biogenic habitats and associated fishes. These areas were chosen based on expected suitability for deep-sea coral or sponge habitats and their potential to inform sanctuary management plans and the Pacific Fishery Management Council's five year Essential Fish Habitat Review. The fieldwork initiative, originally planned for three years (2010-2012), was extended to 2013 and has made substantial progress.

Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2010 @ $790,000
  • FY 2011 @ $945,000
  • FY 2012 @ $710,000
Total Funding:

$2,445,000

 
Region(s):
  • Pacific Council
Location(s):
  •  None Defined.
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NMFS NWFSC
Participating Offices:
  • NMFS SWFSC
  • NOS NCCOS CCEHBR
  • NOS ONMS
  • OAR OER
Field Initiative Title: West Coast deep-sea coral fieldwork initiative 2010-2012

Research cruises include: 

2010

NOAA Ship MacArthur II

ROV and AUV surveys of Piggy Bank.  

PI: M. Yoklavich & M.E. Clarke

2010

F/V Velero

Submersible surveys of Christmas tree black coral habitats in Channel Islands

PI: M. Yoklavich

2013

NOAA Ship Shearwater

ROV Surveys for deep-sea coral habitats in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. 

PI: S. Katz

Research cruises include: 

2011

NOAA ship Fulmar

Multibeam survey of potential deep-sea coral habitats on Rittenburg Bank and Farallon Escarpment in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

 

2012

NOAA Ship Fulmar

Fine-scale survey of Rittenburg and Cochran Banks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. 

PI: J. Roletto

Research cruise: 

2010

NOAA Ship MacArthur II

ROV surveys in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

PI: D. Howard

Research cruise: 

2011

NOAA ship Fulmar

AUV survey for potential deep-sea coral habitats in Bodega Canyon. 

PIs: D. Howard & M.E. Clarke

Research cruise: 

2010

R/V Pacific Storm

AUV surveys of glass sponge habitats near Grays Canyon. 

PI: M.E. Clarke

Research cruises include:

2010

NOAA Ship MacArthur II

ROV and AUV surveys in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. 

PI: E. Bowlby & M.E. Clarke

2011

R/V Pacific Storm

Multibeam survey of potential deep-sea coral habitats in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. 

PI: E. Bowlby

Research cruises include:

2012

R/V Tully

ROV and AUV surveys for corals and sponges on Cobb Seamount

PI: M.E. Clarke & J. Boutillier

2011

R/V Tully

ROV and AUV surveys for corals and sponges on Bowie Seamount off British Columbia

PI: M.E. Clarke & J. Boutillier