ROV Deployment and Reef Surveys

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ROV Deployment and Reef Surveys
DISCOVERY Yacht Santosha
Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 11, 2021

On December 11th, 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 from DISCOVERY Vessel, Santosha. 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 eighth outing of the project and these surveys will continue on a monthly basis. This was also the first time (and certainly not the last) working with new DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet member Darin Artman, the owner and operator of D/V Santosha. We're looking forward to future outings aboard Santosha.

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Nova Southeastern University