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A survey of deep-water coral and sponge habitats along the West Coast of the US using a remotely operated vehicle

Author(s): Stierhoff, K.L.; P.J. Etnoyer; D.W. Murfin; J.L. Butler


Publication Type: NOAA Technical Memoranda

Journal Title: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 138

Date of Publication: 2011

Reference Information: 37 pages

Keywords: deep-sea coral; sponge; remotely operated vehicle; West Coast; California; Oregon; Washington

Abstract: Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys were conducted from NOAA's state-of-the-art Fisheries Survey Vessel (FSV) Bell M. Shimada during a six-day transit November 1-5, 2010 between San Diego, CA and Seattle, WA. The objective of this survey was to locate and characterize deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems using the Southwest Fisheries Science Center's 'Sebastes' ROV.


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