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USGS Oceanographer selected for steering committee on West Florida Continental Shelf mapping project

Dr. Lisa Robbins (Oceanographer, St Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center) was selected as steering committee member of the "Restoring Fish and Sea Turtle Habitat on the West Florida Continental Shelf: Benthic Habitat Mapping, Characterization, and Assessment Project", PIs Steven Murkowski (University of South Florida) and Luis Barbieri (FWC). Other steering committee members include NOAA reps Steve Giordano, Bonnie Ponwith, Ginny Fay, Matthew Campbell, Rebecca Greene (BOEM), Libby Fetherston (Ocean Conservancy), Larry Mayer (University of New Hampshire) , and Robert Spaeth (Commercial Fisherman and Vessel Owner). This project will map the West Florida Shelf using multibeam and with Camera-Based Assessment Survey System (C-BASS). The first steering committee met on July 20, 2015. Discussions centered on description of the project and the cruises. PIs indicated that additional space on the scheduled cruises will include USGS and carbonate chemistry equipment that could be added onto the C-BASS system and ships. Funding is through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the project is 3 years for over $4M.

posted: 2015-07-27

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