USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2004-031-FA

Other ID: NURC 2004-10A

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Investigator(s): Felicia Coleman (FSU) and Christopher Koenig (FSU)

Information Specialist(s): Julia Knisel

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Geologic sampling and imaging of grouper habitats and paleoshoreline features using ROV.


Start Date: 2004-06-02

Start Port/Location: Panama City, FL

End Date: 2004-06-06

End Port/Location: Panama City, FL

Equipment Used: ROV, GPS (wh)

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Habitat maps;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: ROV dive sites 1, 2, 3 and 4 were in or near the Madison Swanson Fishery Reserve. Video and photo data were collected. Geologic sampling was attempted with the ROV manipulator, but no rock samples were obtained. Some biological material was recovered and discarded. ROV dive sites 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 were in the Steamboat Lumps Fishery Reserve. Rock samples were recovered from Dive 5 (1 rock), Dive 6 (2 rocks), Dive 7 (1 rock), and Dive 8 (1 rock). Dive 9 was aborted with no samples collected due to thruster malfunction on the ROV. Cruise was aborted 2 days early with plans to make up lost time on cruise in March 2005.

Staff: Julia Knisel, Nariscia Philip, Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Staff:
Felicia Coleman
co-chief scientist; Christopher Koenig
co-chief scientist; Lance Horn
ROV operations; Peter Coleman
videographer; Peter Koenig
deckhand; Alex Koenig
deckhand; Cathy Zollo
Naples Daily News

Notes: Original plan had been to use mixed-gas divers for sampling, but this was not done because divers were not available for this time. Plans are being made to use divers in 2005. Original Center People field contained: Kathy Scanlon, co-chief scientist; Julie Knisel, GIS and data archive; Nariscia Philip, deckhand.
Project = Shelf-edge Habitats, NE Gulf of Mexico, Shelf-edge Habitats, NE Gulf of Mexico


Madison-Swanson Fishery Reserve, Steamboat Lumps Fishery Reserve, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 29.5 South: 28 West: -86 East: -84.5




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
ROV --- Photo
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
2004-031-FA-LN-001 ( Cruise track chart.)