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Mapping Data Acquisition and Processing Summary Report: Cruise EX-12-04 Exploration: Northeast Canyon and Continental Margins Mapping (Mapping)
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    The shelf break of the US North Eastern (NE) region consists of a diverse habitat including more than 70 canyons which range from depths of ~ 100 m to ~ 3500 m. Some of the canyons have only partially been studied and constitute a high priority for exploration and research for several federal and state agencies. OER’s previous work on NE canyons includes ‘’Deep Water Mid-Atlantic Canyon Exploration” in 2011 which focused on Norfolk, Washington, Accomac and Baltimore canyons. Other NOAA programs, including the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and NMFS Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (DSCRTP) also have interest in understanding the geomorphology and habitat complexity of these canyons. During planning of this expedition, OER engaged NMFS representatives to help identify priority canyons mapping targets. OER also consulted with representatives from the Mid Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) which includes the states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. MARCO seeks to understand and conserve coastal ocean resources. Scientific priorities were identified as building the base layers of the bathymetry, geomorphology and establishing accurate extent of these canyons.
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