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Field Activity Details for field activity 1985-020-FA

Other ID: 85-9

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John Moody

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy tripods #298, 299 and 300. Recover tripods #293, 294 and 295. Confirm location of tripod #298.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1985-06-19

End Date: 1985-06-28

Equipment Used: Bottom platform, Camera- deep sea

Information to be Derived: Time series data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 3 (#298, 299 and 300, no recovery logs). Moorings recovered: 3 (#293, 294 and 295, all deployed FA 85006 ASTERIAS Mar. 28 - Apr. 9, 1985). LEG 1 - 06/19/1985 No response from tripod #294 release, no surface float, despite repeated attempts. Tripod #298 deployed. Subsurface mooring #293 released, did not surface and was recovered by dragging. Mooring #298 confirmed at bottom. Tripod #295 recovered. LEG 2 - 06/26/1985 Tripod #299 released. Start search for tripod #294. Place buoy on anchor at possible #294 site for possible underwater search later. LEG 3 - 06/28/1985 Divers search for tripod #294. Located and recovered.

Staff: Bradford Butman, John Larson, John Moody, Joseph S. Newell, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
WHOI: Val Wilson
Cheryl Ann Butman (Leg 3)
Charlotte Fuller (Leg 3)

Notes: Cruise had 3 legs: Leg 1, June 19; Leg 2, June 26; and Leg 3, June 28, 1985. Original Center People field contained: John Moody, William Strahle, John Larson, Brad Butman (Legs 1 and 3), Joseph Newell (Legs 1 and 2).


Cleveland Ledge, Phinney Rock, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.555 South: 41.51667 West: -70.8731 East: -70.68167


photo of Asterias


Butman, B., Signell, Richard, Shoukimas, Polly, and Beardsley, Robert C., 1988, Current observations in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, 1982-1986; data report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-5, 211 p., URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1985-020-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 299; 19850626-19850814)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1985-020-FA-OM-001 ( Buzzards Bay mooring data)

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