Last week, ocean conservation group Oceana launched an expedition to study the seafloor off the north and central coast of Oregon. The expedition came shortly after Oceana submitted a proposal for “protecting seafloor habitats while maintaining vibrant fisheries” to the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Oceana scientists and crew of the research vessel, the Miss Linda, spent a week at sea capturing video footage of coldwater corals, sponges, and other living habitats using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
These living habitats are home to many commercially important species like rockfish, Pacific Ocean perch and Pacific cod, in addition to non-commercial speices like sea stars and octopuses. In order to maintain the delicate habitats and diversity found here, Oceana proposed 1,413 square miles be protected from bottom trawling.
This expedition focused on identifying and documenting the marine life present in these areas in order to better manage and protect them. The footage will also be used for public education.
To learn more:
- Read an overview of the Central and Northern Oregon Expedition
- Read the expedition announcement: Exploring the Seafloor to Protect Deep Sea Corals and Sponges
Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.