[Fwd: Sustainable Seas Nears Completion]

Ben Haskell Ben.Haskell at noaa.gov
Thu Aug 19 13:40:37 EDT 1999



NOAA ITC Announcement wrote:

> The Sustainable Seas Expeditions (SSE), the first systemwide exploration
> of the deep waters of America’s National Marine Sanctuary System, nears
> completion of its 1999 Mission in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
> on August 16.
>
> A live video uplink of this unprecedented marine expedition will be held
> on August 20  from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST. During that hour, sanctuary
> staff discuss national and regional perspectives on marine zoning and
> take visitors on a live underwater tour of the coral located in this
> spectacular environment. To participate in the uplink, please register
> at  http://WWW.sustainableseas.noaa.gov/aboutsse/liveevents/help.html
>
> SSE explorations are made possible through the use of a sophisticated
> submersible known as DeepWorker that allows scientists longer time
> underwater to research the inhabitants and habitats within our nation’s
> marine environments. In SSE most recent dives into Gray’s Reef National
> Marine Sanctuary, off Georgia’s coast, aquanauts searched the waters for
> plant and animal fossils of the Pleistocene and studied the night time
> behavior of marine creatures.
>
> During the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary mission, SSE focuses on
> exploration and characterization of deep coral reef environments,
> monitoring their health with reefs that are shallower or artificial.
> Come September 1, SSE turns to the Flower Garden Bank Marine Sanctuary
> just in time for the coral equivalent of Mardi Gras, the release of
> billions of gametes in a mass coral spawning.
>
> You can follow these extraordinary deep sea explorations in daily
> Mission Logs available on the SSE’s official website at
> http://sustainableseas.noaa.gov/ or through the National Marine
> Sanctuary website: http://www.sanctuaries.nos.noaa.gov.
>
> Sustainable Seas Expedition is administered by the National Geographic
> Society in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
> Administration and funded by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.
> _______________________________________________________________________
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Benjamin D. Haskell
Science Coordinator
NOAA/Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
P.O. Box 500368
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone (305) 743-2437 x25 Fax 743-2357
Email: ben.haskell at noaa.gov
URL: www.sanctuaries.nos.noaa.gov




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