A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will be used to gather information about deep-water (between depths of 20 meters and 116 meters) hard and soft-bottom habitats and ecosystems along the North Central Coast. Video and still images will be captured along fully geo-referenced transects in two annual surveys. The media will be used to identify and count fishes and invertebrates. Video files collected provide a permanent record of baseline conditions that can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to baseline analyses such as public education or future reanalysis using refined techniques. The final product will include a baseline characterization of deep-water communities and habitat structures and characteristics in MPAs and adjacent reference sites. Follow this project on Twitter!

Project leaders

Dirk Rosen / Marine Applied Research & Exploration
James Lindholm / Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at CSU Monterey Bay

Project collaborators

Bryon Downey / Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at CSU Monterey Bay
Donna Kline / Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Heather Kelley / IfAME/CSUMB
Jessica Flower Moye / Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at CSU Monterey Bay