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Summary Information for Field Activity 1987-011-FA

Area of Operations: Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: April 08, 1987 to April 10, 1987

Chief scientist: Brad Butman

Objectives: Recover 3 tripod systems deployed in western Massachusetts Bay and conduct sidescan sonar surveys at each mooring location to define the local topography and bottom roughness.

Type of Activity: Equipment recovery, sonar surveying;Equipment recovery, sonar surveying

Information to be derived: Equipment recovery and sidescan sonar survey

Summary: Instrumentation recovered from Feb. 7 OCEANUS cruise. All three tripods recovered unfouled, but time lapse cameras malfunctioned. Data from (2) 100 kHz sidescan sonar systems are very poor with only 0.50 km horizontal range and poor resolution. Lab testing of system is required. Short, hand-deployed cables did not allow fish to be flown close enough to the bottom. Subsurface mooring (#320) deployed at Station A in February was found adrift in Boston Harbor March 4. Current meter and float were recovered, but release was lost. Moorings recovered: 3 (#317, 318, and 319, deployed FA 87005 OCEANUS Feb. 7, 1987).

Contact: Brad Butman (

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