Project Title: Evaluation of Predicted Coral and Sponge Habitat within Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Goal or Purpose

To assess new information on the distribution and abundance of deep-sea coral and sponge communities in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

Anticipated Management Application(s)

Finalized data will be made available to marine resource managers such as NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the Olympic Coast Intergovernmental Policy Council (which includes the four coastal treaty tribes and the state of Washington). PFMC’s Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee will be evaluating these areas for consideration of additional protection measures, if warranted.

Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2010 @ $40,000

 
Region(s):
  • Pacific Council
Location(s):
  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Red tree coral (Primnoa pacifica) with rockfish from a remotely operated vehicle in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Project Type:
  • Data Mining
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NOS OCNMS
Team Members:
  •  None Defined.
Project Title: Evaluation of Predicted Coral and Sponge Habitat within Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Methods/Approach

Video tapes collected during remotely operated vehicle surveys in 2006 and 2008 are being reviewed by biologists to determine distribution and abundance of deep-sea coral and sponge communities. Biologists are also characterizing habitats as to whether they are rocky, boulder or pebble substrates.

Project Results and Management Outcomes

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Red tree coral (Primnoa pacifica) with rockfish from a remotely operated vehicle in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary