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  Coral Chorus  -  2018  -  F. G. Walton Smith  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Coral Chorus: The Role of Soundscapes in Coral Reef Larval Recruitment and Biodiversity Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Amy Apprill, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 105989 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 1/2/2018 2:03:00 PM Created By: Amy Apprill
Date Last Modified: 1/2/2018 2:03:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1536782 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: This project will examine the soundscape and benthic and pelagic biodiversity of 10 coral reefs located on the southern coast of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. We request that the ship will be moored in Lameshur Bay, St. John, and we will use the small boats for SCUBA and other activities primarily during the day light hours. The activities include:
- servicing of sound recorders (SCUBA based)
- benthic and pelagic reef surveys (SCUBA based)
- light trapping of reef fish (deployment of light traps in late afternoon and recovery in early morning)
- water sampling (small boat based)
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need access to SCUBA tanks (oxygen or NITROX, no preference), and may use ~20 per day. We will need access to at least two small boats. Lastly, on the ship we request access to the science refrigerator and freezer and wet and dry laboratories.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009672 Created By: Amy Apprill
Date Last Modified: 1/2/2018 2:03:00 PM Date Submitted: 1/2/2018 2:03:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: F. G. Walton Smith
Optimum Start Date: 4/6/2018 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 4/6/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 4/7/2018 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
10 1 1 1 13
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval: 6 months # of Cruises: 2

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: We require a spring and fall cruise during 2018. This work will allow for the completion of our original project goals and new post-hurricane project goals. This project was previously based at the VIERS station which is non-functional after Hurricane Irma passed.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
In April, 2018, we require 10 days of ship time.

In November, 2018, we will also conduct spawning and sound experiments, and require 18 days total.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
St. John, USVI
Description of Op Area: The ship will mobe and demobe scientists in St. Thomas, USVI. It will then transit to Lameshur Bay, St. John, USVI to be moored for the duration of the project.
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
18.3154° N / 64.7274° W map
43 map
NA09 map
18.3154° N / 64.7274° W map
43 map
NA09 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No 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
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands None Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
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: Joel Llopiz, WHOI
# in Science Party 12 # of different science teams 3 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements We are initially submitting the request for WHOI, and we require a science party of 8. If this is approved, we will invite US National Park Service scientists and other researchers working in St. John to join the cruise.
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
Selected 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)
Unselected 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.
We require the use of two small tender vessels to operate within and around Lameshur Bay, St. John for SCUBA diving on the coral reefs.

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