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Summary Information for Field Activity 2005-038-FA

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

Dates: September 28, 2005 to September 29, 2005

Chief scientist: Mike Bothner

   William Martin - WHOI

Objectives: Recover moorings, deploy small tripod, SCUBA dive for horse mussels, collect sediment cores, and deploy and recover sediment probe for oxygen profiles and fluxes.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Mooring work; Photography;

Information to be derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary: Moorings recovered: 3 (#786, 788 deployed FA 05022 MARCUS HANNA May 18-19, 2005; #792 deployed FA 05025 ARGO MAINE Jun. 6-8, 2005). Mooring deployed: 1 (#805, recovered FA 06003 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 8, 2006). All moorings successfully recovered. A small tripod re-deployed for February pickup. Cores collected from long-term Massachusetts Bay Stations 3 and 2. SCUBA divers collected Horse Mussels (Modiolus modiolus) from rocks (not in sediment) from MWRA Station T-4 on a drumlin south of the outfall. On Day 2, 5 cores were taken from Station 8 in Boston Harbor and 1 hour was spent using the ROV with recorded video surveying the bottom in President Roads off Deer Island (80-100 m water depth) in search of additional mussel beds. No living specimens were found. Some empty horse mussel shells suggest that further surveying might be productive.

Contact: Michael Casso (
Fran Lightsom (

InfoBank: uses the identifier H-2-05-MY. Visit this site for more information.

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Publications resulting from these data

Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C.,2007, Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean - Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1302, 89 p.. (Also available at

Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Alexander, P.S., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., and Strahle, W.S.,2004, Long-term oceanographic observations in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts; data report for 1989-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-74, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM. (Also available at

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lange, W.N.,2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, 1996 - 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 266, Version 1.0, DVD-ROM. (Also available at

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