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  seep larval dispersa  -  2021  -  Thomas G. Thompson  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative research: Dispersal depth and the transport of deep-sea methane-seep larvae around a biogeographic barrier Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Craig M. Young, OIMB Project Institution: OIMB
Project ID: 106264 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 8/14/2018 7:27:00 PM Created By: Craig M. Young
Date Last Modified: 10/27/2020 11:57:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 1851383 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Three cruises to sample larval distributions, collect brood stock, and deploy/recover bottom collectors and instruments near cold methane seeps in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Continental Margin. The goal is to determine the depths where larvae disperse, to inform biophysical models of connectivity, and to determine if larval processes limit the transport of seep larvae around the Florida peninsula.
Summary of Facility Requirements: All three cruises will use Alvin or Jason, and two of the cruises require Sentry with the SyPRID plankton sampler for precision sampling of larval populations in the water column.
Summary of other requirements and comments: On the ship, we need laboratory space with sufficient seated table space to accommodate up to 10 people with microscopes. One of two cold rooms to hold samples while they are being sorted, and cultures of embryos for the duration of the cruises. Fume hood for fixation of samples with glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde and DMSO.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010103 Created By: Craig M. Young
Date Last Modified: 10/27/2020 11:57:00 PM Date Submitted: 8/14/2018 7:27:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Thomas G. Thompson
Optimum Start Date: 5/26/2021 Dates to Avoid: This cruise should be approximately 6 months away from our fall cruises, to provide plankton samples and bottom collections in the opposite season
Earliest Start Date: 5/1/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 5/31/2021 Other Ship(s): n.a.

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
19 1 1 4 25
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval: 0 # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: n.a.
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:
Description of Op Area: Five sites in the Gulf of Mexico and three on the Western Atlantic Margin for bottom collecting. Sites in same regions plus Florida for plankton sampling.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 1500
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
29.45° N / 88.45° W map
81 map
NA09 map
35.35° N / 75.59° W map
116 map
NA06 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
Woods Hole, MA, USA Port Everglades, FL, USA Gulfport, MS, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Woods Hole is relatively near Baltimore Canyon, our northernmost site, and is a convenient port for mobilizing Jason and Sentry. Gulfport is near the final stations in the Gulf of Mexico. During the long transit around Florida, we request an offshore transfer off Port Everglades, without making an actual port stop or adding an extra day.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Craig M. Young, OIMB
# in Science Party 24 # 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 Techs include 5 sentry technicians plus 2 SSSG. and Jason Crew. Science team includes 4 PI's, 3 postdocs, and up to 10 students to sort plankton trap, SyPRID samples. .
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)
Unselected Other AUVSelected 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)
Selected 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)
Selected 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.
Jason with elevator

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