Notes from the Pacific Expedition — August 23, 2013

A peek into „echinoderm heaven“

August 23, 2013
Siletz Hotspot

We spent the night last night drifting aboard the Miss Linda, forty miles offshore.  The seas stayed calm and we were rocked to sleep by a gentle ocean swell.  This morning we dove on an area we’ve named the “Siletz Hotspot”.  Far west of the Siletz River estuary, this area appears to be a relative hotspot for coral and sponge bycatch observed in the West Coast groundfish bottom trawl fishery.  We did not know what we would find, a heavily trawled seafloor or islands of undisturbed paradise.

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