Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities: Background Information

Mission Plan

Mission Plan

Beginning on June 8, 2017, a team of scientists aboard NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow will spend 15 days at sea exploring canyon and slope habitats off the coast of the Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada, as well as studying sites in the Gulf of Maine with the Canadian ROV ROPOS.

Deep-Sea Coral Conservation & Management Actions Off The Northeastern U.S.

Deep-Sea Coral Conservation and Management Actions off the Northeastern U.S.

Two fishery management councils operate in the northeast region: the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Data collected during this expedition will provide additional contemporary information to these councils, as collected information will be assessed, analyzed, and considered during their decision-making process.

Partnerships: U.S. and Canada Share Resources and Data to Meet Common Goals

Partnerships: U.S. and Canada Share Resources and Data to Meet Common Goals

Building on a highly successful U.S.-Canada collaboration in 2014, we are heading out to continue work began three years ago. As we increase the extent of the area we will investigate and survey new locations, we will add to our knowledge and allow for better assessments of distribution and abundances of transboundary coral species and associated fauna.

The Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science – A Remotely Operated Vehicle

The Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science – A Remotely Operated Vehicle

The Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science (ROPOS) is a remotely operated vehicle which is able to dive up to 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). ROPOS is an unmanned submersible that is controlled from a surface vessel through an armored electrical-optical umbilical cable.

Recent Effort to Conserve Canada’s Sensitives Benthic Areas

Recent Effort to Conserve Canada’s Sensitive Benthic Areas

The Northwest Atlantic continental shelf and slope are significant both for their biological assemblages, which include important fisheries species, and for their other natural resources, such as oil and gas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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