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Field Activity Details for field activity 1982-006-FA

Other ID: BLM M-3; BTF M-3

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Investigator(s): George Hampson - WHOI

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Cruise was the third in a series of seasonal benthic sampling cruises performed as part of the Georges Bank Lease Sale No. 42 Environmental Monitoring Program. Major emphasis was to determine the extent of deposition and accumulation of potentially toxic materials as a result of oil drilling activities and any subsequent effects on the benthic biota.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1982-02-10

End Date: 1982-02-28

Equipment Used: Grab sampler, Dredge, Trawl, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, Benthos model 372 camera and strobe

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sediment samples were collected for analysis of benthic infauna and epifauna, trace metal and hydrocarbon analysis, and CHN and sediment grain-size analyses (73); camera stations were occupied to record microtopography and visible macrofauna.

Staff: Lawrence Poppe, Richard Rendigs, Robert F. Commeau, Carol M. Parmenter

Affiliate Staff:
LEG 1 (February 10-21
ENDEAVOR): David Queely (Volunteer); George Hampson
WHOI; Steve Page
WHOI; Rosemarie Petrecca
WHOI; Jon Porteus
WHOI; Nancy Maciolek-Blake
Battelle; Bill Driver
Battelle; Holly Groelle
Battelle; Paul Perra
Battelle. LEG 2 (February 27-28
ASTERIAS): George Hampson
WHOI; Steve Page
WHOI; Rosemarie Petrecca

Notes: Cruise in two legs, February 10-21 on ENDEAVOR and February 27-28 on ASTERIAS. Original Center People field contained: LEG 1 (February 10-21, 1982, ENDEAVOR): Robert Commeau, Carol Parmenter, Larry Poppe, Rick Rendigs, David Queely (Volunteer). LEG 2 (February 27-28, 1982, ASTERIAS): no center personnel indicated on second leg.
Project = Georges Bank Benthic Infauna Monitoring Program, Georges Bank Benthic Infauna Monitoring Program


Georges Bank, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

North: 41.45111 South: 40.36694 West: -70.2011 East: -66.76833


photo of Endeavor
photo of Asterias


Poppe, L.J., Williams, S.J., and Paskevich, V.F., eds., 2005, U.S. Geological Survey east-coast sediment analysis; procedures, database, and GIS data: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1001, DVD-ROM, supercedes OFR 00-358, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Grab sampler --- Biology
Dredge --- Biology
Trawl --- Biology
Benthos model 372 camera and strobe --- Photo
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1982-006-FA-LN-001 ( Digital tapes of NV, NV-FINAL, and NV-NSTAR: inventory #0985, 0989, 2580. 2581, and 2582.)

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