Summary

Citation: Stierhoff, KL, PJ Etnoyer, DW Murfin, and JL Butler. 2011. A survey of deep‐water coral and sponge habitats along the West Coast of the US using a remotely operated vehicle. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 138. NOAA Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, Charleston, SC. 38 pp. 

Abstract: Five ROV transect surveys were conducted between San Diego, CA and Seattle, WA. The total submerged time of 9 hours 45 minutes. The total seafloor distance surveyed was ~5.1 kilometers (km). The depth range of observations was from 110‐400 meters (m) (Table 1). Many deep‐sea octocorals, cup corals, and sponges were observed throughout the survey. The ROV's single function manipulator was used to collect four deep‐sea coral specimens for molecular and morphological taxonomy plus three serendipitous samples of invertebrates associated with those corals. Samples consisted of: (1) Dendrophyllia sp., (2) brittle stars, (2) Euplexaura markii, (~20) amphipods associated with E. markii, and (1) Swiftia pacifica (see Appendix 1).

 
Category:
  • Technical Report
Type: Partner Supported Date: 2011
Region(s):
  • Pacific Council
Location(s):
  •  None Defined.