Notes from the Pacific Expedition — August 24, 2013

Rockfish nestle down, tucked away inside barrel sponges as if snuggled in a sleeping bag for the night.

August 24, 2013
Daisy Bank

We faced some new challenges today and took some new risks. We made our deepest dive yet with the ROV to 1,170 feet.  We also did our first night dive. 

After sunset we dove the ROV to 600 feet at Daisy Bank.  The area is currently protected from bottom trawling as an “essential fish habitat conservation area” as a result of Oceana’s 2005 proposal to the Pacific Fishery Management Council.  We are now proposing expanding the area to include additional sensitive habitat features adjacent to the current site. 

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