Tuesday, August 3, 2010

German Bank

Our dives on German Bank, to determine seabed characteristics in relation to scallop fishing intensity, were completed successfully. It was difficult to maintain a linear transect with the ROPOS because of heavy currents at times, but we did seem to see higher densities of scallop in the middle of the track as expected based on fishing intensity maps. Other organisms of interest that were seen were coral, lobster, a lion's mane jellyfish, sponges and anemones. There was one interesting area of underlying bedrock covered in sand where anemones persisted, but were almost completely covered in sand.