Reprinted in Landings, July, 2017
In June U.S. and Canadian researchers conducted research using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to explore underwater canyon and slope habitats off the Northeast Shelf and in the Gulf of Maine. ROPOS, short for Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science, focused on known or suspected deep-water coral habitats. The research project began in 2014. Scientists aboard the NOAA vessel Henry B. Bigelow also mapped the sea floor where data is missing or incomplete, explored and photographed new areas and collected samples of corals and other biological life.