Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2015: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys

Mission Summary

From August 22-September 4, 2015, scientists conducted the final round of fieldwork as part of the Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2015: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys expedition. The expedition was funded by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, in partnership with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Regional Office, and the Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team. The project was led by the University of Miami and represents a collaboration of over 35 scientists at 11 different universities pooling their expertise with state and federal agency scientists through NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami in coordination with the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology at Florida Atlantic University.

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Video Highlights

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Highlights from the Mohawk ROV dives.

The video represents highlights from the Mohawk remotely operated vehicle dives from our fourth and final field season of scientific surveys of Pulley Ridge.

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Recovery of the Mohawk remotely operated vehicle.

Video showing the recovery of the Mohawk remotely operated vehicle as weather conditions began to deteriorate as a result of Tropical Storm Erika.

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The Mohawk remotely operated vehicle is launched onto Pulley Ridge.

During a dive, we came across several grouper pits populated by a variety of fish species including the invasive (and unwelcome) lionfish, Pterois volitans.

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