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ID 03039
Also Known As 03039
Abstract United States Geological Survey, Woods Hole, Massachusetts,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary,University of Alabama,Texas A&M University,National Marine Fisheries Service,University of Louisiana,Marine Conservation Biology Institute,Oregon Institute of Marine Biology,C&C Technologies, Inc.. Chief Scientists: John Bratton, G.P. Schmahl, Will Schroeder, John McDonough. Geological data (submersible, digitalcamera, underwatertelevision, multibeam, echosounder, watersamples, samples) of field activity 03039 (B-1-03-GM) in Flower Garden Banks, Florida to Texas, United States, Gulf of Mexico, North America, North Atlantic from 09/21/2003 to 10/02/2003
Organization United States Geological Survey, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
University of Alabama
Texas A&M University
National Marine Fisheries Service
University of Louisiana
Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
C&C Technologies, Inc.
Project/Theme Shelf-edge Habitats
Chief Scientist John Bratton
G.P. Schmahl
Will Schroeder
John McDonough
Activity Type Geological
Platform Ronald H. Brown
Area of Operation Flower Garden Banks, Florida to Texas, United States, Gulf of Mexico, North America, North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico
Bounding Coordinates
-95.00000     -85.00000
Ports leave Panama City, FL
arrive Gulfport, MS
Dates 09/21/2003 (JD 264) to 10/02/2003 (JD 275)
Analog Materials No analog holdings.
John Bratton Chief Scientist, USGS Woods Hole
Will Schroeder Chief Scientist (not on board), Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Univ of Alabama
G.P. Schmahl Chief Scientist, FGBNMS
John McDonough Chief Scientist, NOAA OE
Emma Hickerson Scientist, FGBNMS
Doug Weaver Scientist, GBNMS
Mary Wicksten Scientist, Texas A&M University
Peter Etnoyer Scientist, Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Susanne Fredericq Scientist, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Ron Hill Scientist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Galveston, TX
Julie Olson Scientist, University of Alabama
Sandra Brooke Scientist, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
Brett Phaneuf Scientist, Texas A&M University
Equipment Used
Study of benthic habitats, biota, and geologic substrate at Flower
Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Gulf of Mexico, using sampling equipment
and ROV-Innovator; also investigation of deep-sea corals at deep sites in
Mississippi Canyon and surrounding areas
Information to be Derived
Samples and Chemical Analysis; Bathymetric Maps; Bottom video, digital
still photos, samples of benthos and substrate, multibeam bathymetry (all
archived by NOAA and participating biologists except approximately 12 rock/coral
samples and 2 bottom water samples retained by USGS);water samples will be
analyzed for 14C.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Office of
Exploration (OE) sponsored a recent cruise on the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown to
explore deep-water-coral habitats (at depths ranging from about 200 to 2,000 ft)
along the shelf edge and in canyons of the northern Gulf of Mexico, including
sites previously mapped by USGS emeritus scientist Jim Gardner and others. Some
topographic features in the Gulf of Mexico have been identified as crucial
spawning sites for commercially important fishes and reef-building deep-water
corals. Cruise participants sought to learn more about the deep-water-coral
systems and their inhabitants, whose abundance, extent, and diversity in the
gulf are poorly understood. A better understanding of these fragile and
potentially valuable resources can assist management decisions in this region of
extensive human activity.

The USGS participated in this cruise as part of its ongoing commitment to
provide geologic-science support to NOAA in its characterization and management
of the resources of national marine sanctuaries and other important habitats.

The cruise departed from Panama City, FL, on September 21 and ended in Gulfport,
MS, on October 2, successfully navigating the difficult End-of-Fiscal-Year
Passage. [Note to non-USGS readers: it is logistically complex to conduct field
operations across the start of the Federal Government's new fiscal year, which
begins on Oct. 1.] The primary device used for data collection was Sonsub's
remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Innovator 12, a working-class ROV used primarily
on offshore oil rigs and pipelines. Cruise personnel conducted 11 ROV dives at
deep sites near Mississippi Canyon, Green Canyon, and Viosca Knoll and at
shallower sites at Diaphus Bank and West Flower Garden Bank, as well as some
multibeam bathymetric mapping.  Samples of fish, deep-sea corals, echinoderms,
crustaceans, algae, mollusks, sponges, rocks, tube worms, water, and sediment
were collected by using the ROV. The dives were documented by about 50 hours of
video footage and several hundred still photographs and samples.

The science plan was designed by personnel from the Flower Garden Banks National
Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) and the University of Alabama, Dauphin Island (DI).
Chief scientists were G.P. Schmahl (FGBNMS) and Will Schroeder (DI, not on
board); John McDonough (OE) served as cruise coordinator. John Bratton (USGS,
Woods Hole, MA) provided input on geologic framework of habitats, hard-substrate
lithology, sedimentology, and influence of sea-level change on the systems.
Thirteen other scientists and science-support personnel participated, including
Emma Hickerson (FGBNMS), Doug Weaver (FGBNMS), Mary Wicksten (Texas A&M
University), Peter Etnoyer (Marine Conservation Biology Institute), Susanne
Fredericq (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), Ron Hill (National Marine
Fisheries Service, Galveston, TX), Julie Olson (University of Alabama), Sandra
Brooke (Oregon Institute of Marine Biology), and Brett Phaneuf (Texas A&M
University). Staff from C&C Technologies, Inc., were responsible for underwater
ROV Innovator 12 (SONSUB, INC.).
Got Help? For 03039, we would appreciate any information on -- analog materials, contract, days at sea, dive count, funding, information specialist, kms of navigation, national plan, NGDC Info, owner, project number, scanned materials, seismic description, station count, station description, submersible, tabulated info.
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