Below are some past expeditions featured on the OceanExplorer.NOAA.gov website that included the investigation of mesophotic corals.
In its third year, a goal of this study was to not only provide a better understanding of the underlying processes that regulate Pulley Ridge and whether Pulley Ridge helps sustain the coral reef communities in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas, but also help determine if the area would benefit from further protection.Read more
This project focused on investigating the role that the relatively healthy deep, mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge may play in replenishing key fish species, such as grouper and snapper, and other organisms in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. Because of the well-documented decline of Florida's reefs, it is important to identify, protect, and manage sources of larval reef species that can help sustain Florida's reef ecosystems and the tourism economy that depends on it.Read more
This expedition was the second year of a five-year study to investigate the role that mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) may play in replenishing key fish species, such as grouper and snapper, and other organisms, in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.Read more
During this expedition, highly trained technical divers explored light-limited deep reefs (those located between 50- and 150-meter depths) in a range also known as the "Twilight Zone." This is an important transition habitat where many shallow-reef and deep-sea organisms coexist with each other and with species unique to this depth range.Read more