USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2005-038-FA

Other ID: MH49-05

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): William Martin - WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Michael Casso, Frances Lightsom

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Dissolved Oxygen, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover moorings, deploy small tripod, SCUBA dive for horse mussels, collect sediment cores, and deploy and recover sediment probe for oxygen profiles and fluxes.


Start Date: 2005-09-28

Start Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 2005-09-29

End Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, ROV, Digital camera, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 3 (#786, 788 deployed FA 05022 MARCUS HANNA May 18-19, 2005; #792 deployed FA 05025 ARGO MAINE Jun. 6-8, 2005). Mooring deployed: 1 (#805, recovered FA 06003 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 8, 2006). All moorings successfully recovered. A small tripod re-deployed for February pickup. Cores collected from long-term Massachusetts Bay Stations 3 and 2. SCUBA divers collected Horse Mussels (Modiolus modiolus) from rocks (not in sediment) from MWRA Station T-4 on a drumlin south of the outfall. On Day 2, 5 cores were taken from Station 8 in Boston Harbor and 1 hour was spent using the ROV with recorded video surveying the bottom in President Roads off Deer Island (80-100 m water depth) in search of additional mussel beds. No living specimens were found. Some empty horse mussel shells suggest that further surveying might be productive.

Staff: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Marinna Martini, Richard Rendigs, Stephen Ruane

Affiliate Staff:
Joanne Goudreau (WHOI); Paul Dragos (Battelle New England Labs)

Notes: Project = Massachusetts Bay Experiment (old name), Massachusetts Bay Experiment (old name)

Location Map:


photo of Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna


Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C., 2007, Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean - Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1302, 89 p. URL:

Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Alexander, P.S., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., and Strahle, W.S., 2004, Long-term oceanographic observations in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts; data report for 1989-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-74, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lange, W.N., 2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, 1996 - 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 266, Version 1.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
ROV --- Photo
Digital camera --- Photo
2005-038-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2005-038-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)