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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Massachusetts, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 42.35, -70.5 Map

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Equipment Notes: Stereo=1; Decoded MS stereo; Sennheiser MKH40 Cardioid Mid Mic and MKH30 Bidirectional Side Mic through Sonosax Preamp into Sony TCD3. NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS STELLWAGEN BANK NMS DAT5 Peter Auster (PA) Anthony Brooks (TB) Les Watling (LW) Chuck Thompson (CT) Tony Brooks, Les Watling, Peter Auster. In ROV control room. Printer? can be heard off and on throughout interview. MS 0:31 lw (off-mic, but clear) "there's an awful lot of structure on the bottom, those are all amph?pod tubes ... " (sound of printer) 1:00 lw "this whole bottom must be very important for food delivery ... "(getting pretty faint, more bg printer) 1:24 pa "one of the things that I'd like to state from the outset is that I'm not advocating that we eliminate mobile gear use everywhere what I've been talking with my dealings with the fishing community and a number of council members is what I've been advocating is that we don't wanna do that everywhere. We don't have ref sites to understand the full implications of what we're doing and I think we need to have places that are rep of all habitat types where we don't disturb the bottom don't produce direct human cause disturbances so we can understand what the imp of those disturbances are for both fish productivity and biodiversity in the region. Then with that info we can make future plans on how to manage living resources ... " 2:15 tb "is it your view too that this nms might be a good place to do that or part of it?" pa "Yeah I think that stell. is a good ex of a microcosm of the whole northeast shelf it is rep of virtually all habitats that we'd see throughout the gulf of maine southern new england region ...I think one of the real benefits of working in this area is that the usgs with a number of collaborators is uh 3:00 pa "producing very high resolution sea floor habitat maps that provide science community with the type of information that terrestrial biologists gain from things like satellite photographs and we can pick out very fine features of the seafloor know their shape and size and do very strategic sampling within those areas being able to understand their effects and change ... " 3:27 lw "the other thing is that we know enough about these bottom communities now, if we had bottom maps that gave us an indication of what the bottom sediment was like we know what the water temp conditions are like we could make pretty good predictions at any rate about what the kind of species if not the exact species that we should be finding in those areas those are the two primary determinants of species distribution so it would be possible in fact on some kind of sort of back of the envelope level be able to make some statements about the composition and distribution in terms of the kinds of benthic communities. 4:10 lw "And from there maybe talk about habitats that should be protected or areas that shouldn't be disturbed or whatever uses people want to put to these kind of areas. I mean I think there are places like where we were earlier in this dive .. .if somebody had like you see in HI or the florida keys or the bahamas you see these submarines that take twenty or thirty people down to hundred feet or couple hundred feet this is the kind of bottom where you could easily run those tourist kind of activities but the visibility might not be enough ... but ev one is so oriented towards coral reefs and 5:008 lw "I want just for a broader view peter mentioned the fact that we all grew up with cousteau but you'll notice that ev there was coral reef or antarctic or it was some spectacular kind of habitat area and some of us have been trying for a decade or more to get someone to make a documentary on about the small sort of not easily visible organisms in the ocean which I tink can be done in a way that if you watch them they have int movement... (Notes truncated)

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