In July 2016, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary research coordinator Emma Hickerson was alerted to a major coral health issue by sport divers aboard the M/V Fling, diving in the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles offshore of Texas and Louisiana. “The divers were stunned to find green, hazy water, huge patches of ugly white…Read More
July 2016 ICES Journal of Marine Science article outlines “Seascapes as a new vernacular for ocean monitoring, management and conservation.”
The MBON researchers are conducting a study to assess relationships between dominant seascapes in the Monterey Bay region and occurrence of various forage species, with an emphasis on anchovy and krill.
In March 2016, MBON researchers tested a sampling plan strategy based on satellite seascape maps.The seascape maps guided the sampling during the RV Walton Smith cruise in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The goal was to identify relationships between in situ biodiversity observations and distributions of various seascape types. Sampling different seascapes allowed the researchers…Read More