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[EX1403: East Coast Mapping and Exploration Cruise Plan
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[EX1403: East Coast Mapping and Exploration Cruise Plan
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    United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Ocean Exploration and Research,
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    "This document contains project instructions for EX-14-03, which is an exploration mapping cruise. Operations are expected to commence on May 7, 2014 in Tampa, Florida and conclude on May 22, 2014 in North Kingston, Rhode Island. Multibeam, singlebeam, and subbottom acoustic mapping operations will be conducted 24 hours a day throughout the cruise. The final decision to operate and collect sub-bottom profiler data will be at the discretion of the Commanding Officer. Exploratory mapping operations will focus on areas off the U.S. East Coast, especially in Marine Protected Areas in the South Atlantic off the east coast of Florida and Georgia. The expedition will also collect CTD data, water samples, and plankton samples from the Blake Plateau region in support of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's (NEFSC) effort to examine the possibility of bluefin tuna spawning activity in the area. The CTD casts are also designed to fulfill the research objectives of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP). The water samples and data collected during these casts will provide information on carbon, physical, and biogeochemical parameters as they relate to ocean acidification (OA). Limited exploratory mapping effort will also be completed in the vicinity of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary to search for an underwater cultural heritage site"--Overview.

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