Northeast Pacific Deep-Sea Diversity Expedition (credit: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Cruise title: Northeast Pacific Deep-Sea Diversity Expedition
Partners: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Council of the Haida Nation, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and Ocean Networks Canada
Lead PIs: Cherisse Du Preez, Chelsea Stanley, Tammy Norgard (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Location: Northeast Pacific Ocean
Dates: 7th June to 28th June 2022
The Northeast Pacific Deep-Sea Diversity Expedition will explore the hidden biological diversity across seamounts, hydrothermal vents, and cold seeps offshore of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, Canada. The science co-created by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Council of the Haida Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and Ocean Networks Canada will contribute to protection, awareness, and a better understanding of these remarkable and fragile ecosystems in a changing ocean.
The main objectives of this multi-nation, interdisciplinary, ship- and shore-based team include:
- Mapping and naming uncharted areas;
- Exploring life on newly discovered seamounts;
- Collecting the first benthic ecological time-series data on previously visited seamounts;
- Searching for cold seeps and their chemosynthetic communities;
- Confirming the existence, activity, and community type of a little-known hydrothermal vent field;
- Documenting the oceanography around all three deep-sea ecosystems;
- Documenting marine mammals, seabirds, and other transient species; and
- Science outreach, communication, and community engagement.
Anyone, anywhere, can join the deep-sea discovery by (1) checking out our expedition webpage with the submersibles live stream video, control room audio, chat window, and outreach event schedule, or (2) following #PacificSeamounts2022 on your favourite social media platform or follow one of the expedition’s leads, Dr Cherisse Du Preez, as they document their experience (https://twitter.com/CherisseDuPreez).
Expedition map (credit: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)