ROV Deployment and Reef Surveys

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DISCOVERY Yacht Surface Interval
Fort Lauderdale, FL
January 27, 2022

On January 27th, The International SeaKeepers Society assisted Nova Southeastern University’s Professor Paul Arena, and student researchers Rose Leegei and Michael McDonough to deploy a commercial grade mini ROV(Remotely Operated Vehicle) from DISCOVERY Vessel, Surface Interval. Their eventual aim is to provide information on the fish communities that utilize a relatively unknown and unexplored deep water habitat. Due to its depth, SCUBA surveys are restricted, thus an ROV unit could be utilized to record video surveys of these areas. The goal is to compare fish assemblages associated with various benthic habitats in the mesophotic zone. Recent bathymetric mapping and submersible dives have discovered an area of deep reef covered by spoil produced by the dredging of the Port Everglades Inlet. Areas to the North and South of this buried area remain unaffected and in a natural condition.

This was the ninth outing of the project and these surveys will continue on a monthly basis. This was also yet another outing with DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet member Rick Thomas, the owner and operator of D/V Surface Interval. He is also an avid deep sea diver and provided some GoPro footage in addition to the footage taken by the ROV.

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