Researchers will use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to capture video and still images of seafloor communities from 20 to 500 meters depth along the North Coast, with an emphasis on characterizing species and habitat features within mid-depth rock, soft-bottom subtidal and deep ecosystems. These important ecosystems sustain the state’s vibrant commercial and recreational fisheries. The media will be used to identify and count fishes and macroinvertebrates and to document physical features of the seafloor. These data will be collected along "visual strip transects" and will provide a permanent archival record of sea floor communities that can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to baseline analyses, such as public education or future reanalysis using refined techniques.

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Researchers described their findings from this project in a technical report, released in July 2017. Click below to read the report.

FINAL REPORT: Baseline Characterization of Mid-depth and Deep Ecosystems using a ROV



Data from this project are coming soon! You will be able access the data through the OceanSpaces map tool and data archive to learn more about each data package.