Authors: Clarke, M. E., Fruh, E., Whitmire, C.

Abstract: In order to meet the needs for additional information on deep-sea corals (DSC), surveys of DSC ecosystems in the OCNMS were conducted utilizing a ROV and an AUV off the NOAA Ship McArthur II in June 2010. Both survey vehicles targeted known or suspected DSC sites both inside the current EFH conservation area known as 'Olympic 2'. Sampling also targeted adjacent areas that have been proposed as boundary expansions and/or have additional fishery restrictions. Thus, new information on the locations, densities, and condition of DSCs and their role as EFH will not only help to fill scientific data gaps, but will provide new information pertinent to pending management considerations (via provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and/or National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA).

This is a deliverable of DSCRTP's 2010-2012 West Coast Fieldwork Initiative.

  • Technical Report
Type: DSCRTP Supported Date: 2010
  • Pacific Council
  •  None Defined.