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  Sponge resilience  -  2018  -  F. G. Walton Smith  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Sponge resilience in the face of multiple stressors Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Deborah Gochfeld, Ole Miss Project Institution: Ole Miss
Project ID: 106034 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 1/29/2018 3:36:00 PM Created By: Deborah Gochfeld
Date Last Modified: 1/29/2018 3:36:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1807807 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Characterization of hurricane-induced changes to sponge assemblages at sites known to be previously exposed to different levels of land-based stressors surrounding the island of St. Thomas, USVI. Changes to sponge assemblages and biomass will be characterized in permanent transects and quadrats, and in quadrats delineated during previous cruises under this project, to assess the
rate of change in sponge and coral assemblages and potential sources of sponge recolonization. Sponge and algal biomass will be measured and sponge samples will be collected for population genetic analysis.
Summary of Facility Requirements: SCUBA diving with Nitrox, small boats, wet lab counter space,
dry lab counter space, freezer
Summary of other requirements and comments: Two cruises were requested to initiate this study, since our sites were unsupported by local infrastructure damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We originally anticipated that subsequent field work could be accomplished using land-based support, but our collaborator at UVI has indicated that this will probably not be the case as recovery efforts at UVI and in the visitor infrastructure are not moving as rapidly as anticipated.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1009724 Created By: Deborah Gochfeld
Date Last Modified: 1/29/2018 3:36:00 PM Date Submitted: 1/29/2018 3:36:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: F. G. Walton Smith
Optimum Start Date: 11/22/2018 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 6/26/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 11/25/2018 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
12 0 0 5 17
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
Yes Interval: ideally approximately quarterly # of Cruises: 2

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: We already have a scheduled cruise in March-April,to follow up on our December 2017 cruise and ideally would have approximately quarterly cruises (one in July, one in November/December). If July does not work out, we will assess how essential the need is and try to make do with local resources on a more limited scale, but would still need the November/December cruise for a more thorough sampling. IF JULY OPENS UP, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
NSF advised use of Walton Smith due to proximity and already scheduled for a USVI
cruise. Transit days only needed if not already in USVI. Based on our 2017 cruise, Walton Smith easily meets our needs.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
St. Thomas
Description of Op Area: 6 sites surrounding St. Thomas, USVI and small outer islands. Specific sites: Black Point (Brewer's Bay), Botany Bay, Magen's Bay, Coculus Rock, Buck Island (St. Thomas), Savana Island
Op Area Size/Dia.: 15
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
18.33333° N / 65.06667° W map
43 map
NA09 map
18.3° N / 64.85° 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: Deborah Gochfeld, Ole Miss
# in Science Party 12 # 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 4-6 diving buddy pairs, will use additional UVI students/personnel if room available since their current field access is limited; request 3 small boats, Nitrox compressor, 36 SCUBA tanks & weights
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.

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