ST. PETERSBURG - A glider was deployed early in March off the Atlantic coast of Florida with the mission to detect hotspots of reef fish activity in and around marine protected areas using funding provided by
NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC). Just recently, the glider was retrieved off the North Carolina coast.
For this deployment the University of South Florida’s Teledyne Webb Research Slocum Glider is equipped with two passive acoustic recording systems developed by Loggerhead Instruments and a Vemco VMT tag receiver provided by the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University. The resulting data sets will be used to augment NOAA Fisheries SEFSC and NOAA Ocean Service (NCCOS) collaborative research on reef fish spawning aggregations and will contribute to their coral reef fish monitoring programs. The glider traveled north along the continental shelf edge using the Gulf Stream to transport it until it reached South Carolina, where the glider attempted to transit onshore to about the 50m isobath. For the remainder of its mission it traversed along shore in the Edisto and North Charleston Marine Protected Areas.
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