Today we join the newly refurbished R/V Pelagia for a research cruise to investigate coral habitats off the United States continental shelf. This programme is being run by my colleague Dr Furu Mienis who has recently moved to MARUM in Germany, and involves scientists from UNC-W, MCBI, NIOZ, Heriot-Watt, Aarhus University and of course, Bangor.

This cruise follows the joint European-USA programme that we participated in in 2008, Dr Gerard Duineveld and Dr Furu Mienis left their landers ALBEX and BOBO down last year, so our primary aim is to recover the landers, deploy a third one baited for fish observations, do our usual CTD/mooring operations and take samples for biodiversity/genetics analysis.

More on this later…