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  deep prey fields  -  2015  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Linking deep-water prey fields with odontocete population structure and behavior Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Kelly Benoit-Bird, OSU_COAS Project Institution: UDEL_CEOE
Project ID: 104408 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 6/4/2014 12:53:00 PM Created By: Mark A. Moline
Date Last Modified: 10/2/2014 12:50:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/ONR/OAS - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Beaked whales, specifically Blainville's (Mesoplodon densirostris) and Cuvier's (Ziphius cavirostris), are known to feed in the Tongue of the Ocean (TOTO), Bahamas. These species appear to be particularly sensitive to mid-frequency sonar based on observations and experimental investigation, and a number of mass strandings have occurred coincident with naval exercises. This has spurred considerable, primarily DOD-funded efforts to describe the biology and behavior of these previously intransigent species, with particular effort in TOTO. As a result, we now know that beaked whales use echolocation to forage primarily on squid at depths of 1000 m or more. This foraging strategy presents major challenges for describing beaked whale ecology and the potential energetic effects of disturbance as 1) the rapid speed and relatively large size of these prey make traditional sampling tools ineffective and 2) beaked whale foraging depths are outside the effective (~600m) range of conventional ship-based acoustic measurements for assessing squid behavior and distribution.

Beaked whales in TOTO are often localized within the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) acoustic sensor system. This network of sensors has provided valuable data on habitat use and acoustic behavior of beaked whales. A complimentary long-term series of tagging, visual surveys, and genetic, fecal, photo-identification, and other sampling has provided detailed insights into the population biology and habitat use by these animals both within the AUTEC range and other regions of the Bahamas. These studies have shown consistent habitat preferences with prey a likely driver of these spatial patterns.

However, while previous efforts in this area have assessed the integrated biomass of prey, this work was limited only to depths shallower than the active foraging depths of beaked whales. Our recent efforts coupling deep and shallow water sampling of squid in a Navy range in California have shown that integrated prey biomass using conventional approaches focusing only on the upper water column may be misleading in terms of the quantity and accessibility of beaked whale resources as shallow water prey is not indicative of the prey biomass at depth. We propose to leverage new deep-water technology funded by DOD to describe prey fields and link these descriptions with existing odontocete population structure and behavior data, providing a critical, mechanistic link for understanding beaked whale ecology.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Regional Class vessel (R/V Hugh Sharp preferred because of its acoustic baseline). Cruise will require knuckle crane capable of deploying the AUV (REMUS 600), deploy trawl net, and fix acoustic instruments in hull well.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007036 Created By: Mark A. Moline
Date Last Modified: 6/4/2014 1:54:00 PM Date Submitted: 6/4/2014 12:53:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2015 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 6/27/2015 Dates to Avoid: Because of seasonality in target species, mid-July is the latest in order to address our scientific goals.
Earliest Start Date: 5/15/2015 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/27/2015 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
14 0 0 8 22
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
TOTO Bahamas
Description of Op Area: The operations area would be in and around the AUTEC range in The Tongue of the Ocean, Bahamas and off of southern Great Abaco Island
Op Area Size/Dia.: 1000 sq. nm
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.783333° N / 75.15° W map
116 map
NA06 map
38.783333° N / 75.15° W map
116 map
NA06 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:
 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Lewes, DE, USA Nassau, Bahama Islands Lewes, DE, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Mark A. Moline, UDEL_CEOE
# in Science Party 8 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements Three internal groups in the science party will consist of AUV operators, acousticians, and animal tagging.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Selected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Unselected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Unselected JasonUnselected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
PI provided acoustics instrumentation in the hull well.

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