USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-036-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Location: Madison Swanson Marine Reserve, Steamboat Lumps Marine Reserve, West Florida Shelf, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Investigator(s): Chris Koenig, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Information Specialist(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Data Type(s): Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: We used a mini-Phantom ROV and a towed camera sled called Rose Bud (both owned by Florida State University collaborator, Dr. Chris Koenig) to collect video data in the Madison Swanson Reserve to use in conjunction with previously collected sidescan and multibeam data for habitat characterization.

Vehicle(s):

Start Date: 2003-09-24

Start Port/Location: Panama City, FL

End Date: 2003-09-29

End Port/Location: Panama City, FL

Equipment Used: Video camera - deep sea, GPS - Handheld

Information to be Derived: Habitat maps;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Video data were collected at thirteen sites within the Madison-Swanson Reserve. One site was occupied using the ROV and twelve using the towed camera sled Rose Bud, made by Chris Koenig. The sled was towed along the bottom at about 1 kt. for about 3/4 mile at each site, with a forward-looking video camera running continuously. Video quality was very good to excellent at all sites except one (Site 13) where a focusing problem occurred. Original objectives included work in the Steamboat Lumps Reserve, but weather conditions forced the work to be stopped before we could go there. We will attempt to finish the work in November 2003.

Staff: Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Staff:
Chris Koenig
Florida State University
Co-Chief Scientist

Notes:
Project = Shelf-edge Habitats, Shelf-edge Habitats

Location Map:

Platform(s):

photo of Reefs1
Reefs1

Publications

Coleman, F.C., Koenig, Christopher C., Scanlon, Kathryn M., Heppell, Scott, Heppell, Selina, and Miller, Margaret W., 2010, Benthic habitat modification through excavation by red grouper, Epinephelus morio, in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico: The Open Fish Science Journal, v. 3, doi: 10.2174/1874401X01003010001.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
GPS - Handheld --- Navigation
2003-036-FA-LN-001 ( Video transect track chart for REEFS1 03036 and 03050. Transects 1-13 completed during REEFS1 03036 in Madison-Swanson Reserve. Transects 14-27 conducted during REEFS1 03050 in both Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Reserves.)