Interest in the West Florida Escarpment was expressed by the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center and Southeast Regional Office (orange), the DSCRTP (light blue), NCCOS (red and blue), the GMFMC (yellow) and the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (pink) – a co-operative institute with OER. Interests in this area include the need for baseline bathymetric characterization to support future exploration; the area’s proximity to marine protected areas (grey); a high probability that the area includes deep-sea coral habitat; susceptibility of the area to damage by commercial fishing and from petroleum extraction accidents; and characterization of suspected sperm whale habitat. The black line is the U.S. EEZ.

Interest in the West Florida Escarpment was expressed by the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center and Southeast Regional Office (orange), the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Habitat Conservation/Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (light blue), the National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science (red and blue), the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council (yellow) and the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (pink) – a co-operative institute with OER. Interests in this area include the need for baseline bathymetric characterization to support future exploration; the area’s proximity to marine protected areas (grey); a high probability that the area includes deep-sea coral habitat; susceptibility of the area to damage by commercial fishing and from petroleum extraction accidents; and characterization of suspected sperm whale habitat. The black line is the U.S. EEZ. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

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