Field Activity 2022-316-FA

Identifier 2022-316-FA
Alternate names MDBC SALT2 Cruise
Purpose The primary purpose of the SALT expeditions is to conduct reconnaissance for deep coral propagation activity in support of the Open Ocean Restoration Plan. SALT 2 will conduct operations in the mesophotic zone (< 300 m) from May 31- June 11, 2022 using a science class ROV to obtain, supply, and distribute coral samples and livestock to shoreside partners for coral husbandry, population genetics, microbial ecology and reproductive biology studies.
Location Pinnacles Trend, Pinnacles, DeSoto Rim, Diaphus Bank, Sackett Bank, Ewing Bank
Summary Collected 50 mesophotic coral samples from species Thesea nivea, Swiftia exserta, Muricea pendula, and yellow Plexauridae for molecular analysis and in a few cases cultivation.
Info derived Sample collection for laboratory 16S rRNA sequencing surveys and microbial cultivation
Comments If possible, would like to load Suburban on Friday May 27 so that the vehicle is ready to go early on Monday May 30 (Memorial Day) departure.
Point Sur
Length 135 feet.
Ford F-250 Stone Grey
Start Gulfport, MS 2022-05-31
End Gulfport, MS 2022-06-11
Days in the field 12


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)
600 Fourth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL33701-4846
(727) 502-8000
Principal investigators Christina A Kellogg
Crew members
James S Evans
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Julie J. Voelschow
Specialist, Information

Data types and categories

Data category: Biological Field Study
Data type: Experiments (biological)


Samples collected during this field activity