During the 2000 Sustainable Seas Expedition to Monterey Bay, DeepWorker will dive down to investigate the topography of a submarine canyon. In addition to adding to our knowledge of the sanctuary’s geology, this mission will bring back videotape of the canyon floor that will aid in assessing whether the proposed installation of communication cables in the area will harm the ecosystem. Researchers will use other dives to do density counts of the sanctuary’s abalone, sea fan, sea star, and sea urchin populations and to study the size and structure of fish communities in areas that have been declared off-limits to fishing.

 

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