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Field Activity Details for field activity 1982-025-FA

Other ID: OC124; BLM-M-5; BTF M-5

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 BLM M-5 was the fifth in the series of seasonal benthic sampling cruises performed as part of the Georges Bank Lease No. 42 Environmental Monitoring Program. The major emphasis of the program is to determine the extent of deposition and accumulation of potentially toxic materials as a results of oil drilling activities and any subsequent effects on the benthic biota. Sediment samples were collected for analysis of benthic infauna and epifauna, trace metal and hydrocarbon analysis, CHN, and sediment grain-size analyses; and camera stations were occupied to record microtopography and visible macrofauna.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1982-07-21

End Date: 1982-07-28

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

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Excellent weather conditions allowed work to be completed at all stations without interruptions. The majority of samples collected were 0.1 m sq. and 0.04 m sq. Van Veen grab samples for biological and/or chemical analysis. At each regional station six 0.04 m sq. biology grab samples and three 0.1 m sq. geology/chemistry grab samples were taken. Dredge and trawl sampling was carried out using a Rocking Chair Dredge for Arctica islandica, and a Yankee 36 trawl was used for collecting fish. Also, surface and bottom water samples for salinity, bottom water samples for dissolved oxygen and XBT casts were made at all regional stations. A malfunction of the shipboard XBT plotter prevented an XBT reading at Station 5-1. Therefore, surface and bottom temperatures were recorded from water bottle samples taken at Station 5-1, and an extra XBT cast was made at Station 5-6 for temperature data. Sediment samples: 417; DO: 19; Salinity: 38; XBT: 19; Camera: 37; Dredge: 6; Otter trawl: 3.

Staff: Richard Rendigs, Paul Bowker

Affiliate Staff:
Don McElroy; WHOI: George Hampson
Rosemarie Petrecca
Steve Page; Battelle: Connie Delano
Nina Vassolotti
Bill Johnson
Paul Perra; SAI: Randy Simms
Robin Robinson

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Richard Rendigs, Don McElroy, Paul Bowker.
Project = Georges Bank Benthic Infauna Monitoring Program, Georges Bank Benthic Infauna Monitoring Program


Georges Bank, Lydonia Canyon, Oceanographer Canyon, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.95139 South: 40.36722 West: -71 East: -66.76806


photo of Oceanus


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, CD-ROM, URL:

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
1982-025-FA-SC-001 ( GRAB samples)
Benthos model 372 camera and strobe --- Photo
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
1982-025-FA-LN-001-01 ( Trackplot)

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