Field Initiative Title: West Coast Deep-Sea Coral Initiative (WCDSCI)
Abstract
In 2018, the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program began a second four-year research initiative in the West Coast Region (see map) in the area under jurisdiction of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). The objective of the West Coast Deep-Sea Coral Initiative (WCDSCI) is to obtain scientific information that will further the management, conservation, and protection of deep-water coral and sponge ecosystems throughout the region. Specifically, the initiative will strive to collect information that is most urgently needed by the agencies that manage deep-sea coral ecosystems, particularly the PFMC and five California and Washington National Marine Sanctuaries. Projects to be supported should (1) be relevant to the management of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge (DSCS) ecosystems in the region, (2) address priority research questions identified during this workshop, and (3) be achievable within the budget and 2018-2021 time frame. Similar to previous deep-sea coral research initiatives, supported activities will consist of research expeditions to survey, sample, and map DSCS ecosystems, and data or sample analyses that will support the goals of the WCDSCI. A priority will be placed on activities that partner with others and leverage additional resources. As a ramp-up year, in 2018 research objectives were scoped, prioritized, and planned for the following field-intensive years, 2019 and 2020, with the final year 2021 remaining to conclude any outstanding data analysis, database submissions, publications, etc.

 

Points of Contact

Liz Clarke, Co-PI, NWFSC ()
Chris Caldow, Co-PI, CINMS ()
Tom Hourigan, DSCRTP ()
Heather Coleman, DSCRTP ()

 

Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2018 @ $200,000
  • FY 2019 @ $1,000,000
  • FY 2020 @ $1,000,000
  • FY 2021 @ $100,000
Total Funding:

$2,300,000

 
Region(s):
  • Pacific Council
Location(s):
  • California Coast
  • Oregon Coast
  • Washington Coast
Map of the West Coast Region U.S. exclusive economic zone, highlighting the five national marine sanctuaries in the northeast Pacific.
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NMFS NWFSC
  • NOS CINMS
Participating Offices:
  • NMFS NWFSC
  • NMFS OHC
  • NMFS SWFSC
  • NOS CINMS
  • NOS GFNMS
  • NOS MBNMS
  • NOS OCNMS
Field Initiative Title: West Coast Deep-Sea Coral Initiative (WCDSCI)
Internal References:
  •  None Defined
 
Backlinks:

West Coast Initiative Study Area
Map of the West Coast Region U.S. exclusive economic zone, highlighting the five national marine sanctuaries in the northeast Pacific.
Field Initiative Title: West Coast Deep-Sea Coral Initiative (WCDSCI)
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