PI Joshua Voss, graduate students Michael Studivan and Jennifer Polinski, and summer interns Alaina Weinheimer and Nancy Sealover recently concluded a productive cruise on board the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) vessel RV Manta. As a continuation of the ROV research cruise last October at FGBNMS, the team was once again exploring mesophotic coral banks currently outside the sanctuary boundaries. The Sanctuary Advisory Council is proposing an expansion of the FGB sanctuary, from just three banks (East, West, and Stetson), to include an additional nine banks (see map below). The Voss lab focused on three of these banks, McGrail, Geyer, and Bright, completing 52 transects overall.
To learn more about the Sanctuary Advisory Council's proposed sanctuary expansion, visit here. Also, check our Flickr for a photo album from the cruise, and see above for a video compilation put together from our two recent ROV cruises.