Congrats to “Atlantic Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss”

The recent exploration and mapping of two deep-water offshore canyons received the National Oceanic Partnership Program’s 2015 Excellence in Partnership Award. The expedition was run by a group of academic, government agencies, and private industry collaborators and resulted in the discovery of unexpected extensive deep-water coral ecosystems, over 125 species of fish identified, large swaths of chemosynthetic mussel communities discovered, historically important shipwrecks off the coast of Virginia documented, and innovative sensing technologies deployed.

Atlantic Canyons

Photo Credit: BOEM/NOAA/USGS