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Summary Information for Field Activity 2004-031-FA

Area of Operations: Madison-Swanson Fishery Reserve, Steamboat Lumps Fishery Reserve, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: June 02, 2004 to June 06, 2004

Chief scientist: Kathy Scanlon

   Felicia Coleman (FSU) and Christopher Koenig (FSU)

Objectives: Geologic sampling and imaging of grouper habitats and paleoshoreline features using ROV.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Photography; ROV;ROV

Information to be derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Habitat maps;

Summary: ROV dive sites 1, 2, 3 and 4 were in or near the Madison Swanson Fishery Reserve. Video and photo data were collected. Geologic sampling was attempted with the ROV manipulator, but no rock samples were obtained. Some biological material was recovered and discarded. ROV dive sites 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 were in the Steamboat Lumps Fishery Reserve. Rock samples were recovered from Dive 5 (1 rock), Dive 6 (2 rocks), Dive 7 (1 rock), and Dive 8 (1 rock). Dive 9 was aborted with no samples collected due to thruster malfunction on the ROV. Cruise was aborted 2 days early with plans to make up lost time on cruise in March 2005.

Contact: Julie Knisel (

InfoBank: uses the identifier S-2-04-FL. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Coleman, Felicia C., Koenig, Christopher C., Scanlon, Kathryn M., Heppell, Scott, Heppell, Selina, and Miller, Margaret W.,2010, Benthic habitat modification through excavation by red grouper, Epinephelus morio, in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico: The Open Fish Science Journal, v. 3: p. 1-15. (Also available at

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