Coral Reef NOAA
August 02, 2015  

Select Research and Mapping Expeditions

Southeast U.S.

Extreme Corals 2011: May 31 – June 11, 2011; Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program cruise aboard the NOAA ship Pisces using two ROVs owned and operated by NOAA’s Southwest Fishery Science Center (SWFSC) to explore hard grounds out to 500 m depth off south Florida, with emphasis on assessing areas that are near deep-sea coral habitat, but still open to bottom fishing activities (Allowable Fishing Areas), and assessing the water column community associated with deep-sea coral habitat.

Life on the Edge: Extreme Corals 2010: November 9-23, 2010; Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program expedition on the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown (using the Jason II ROV) to explore previously uncharted deep-sea coral ecosystems from Pourtales Terrace off the Florida Keys to the Jacksonville Lithoherms.

2009 Southeast Submersible Cruise: August 6-17, 2009; The inaugural Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program cruise aboard the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) R/V Seward Johnson, utilizing the Johnson Sea Link (JSL) submersible to identify and characterize deep-sea coral habitats and better understand the ecology of structure-forming deep-sea corals and associated species off of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

West Coast U.S.

2010 West Coast Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Expedition: June 9 – July 3, 2010; 25-day cruise aboard the NOAA Ship McArthur II to explore deep-sea coral habitats in depths along the west coast of the United States from Washington's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and along deep water regions of California between Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries.