CCGS Hudson / ROPOS 2007
See the feature we
published on this adventure in the
April 2008 issue of the Canadian Geographic.
This three-week cruise was funded by the DFO
International Governance of High Seas Program (IGP, Newfoundland region),
Science Branch and Oceans Branch of DFO Maritimes region, and by NSERC.
Its general goal was to investigate the deepwater fauna of the continental
slopes including several aspects of deep-sea corals (i.e., geological
basis of their habitats, reproductive ecology, biodiversity associated
with corals and coral habitats) in four regions of the Scotian Margin and
Southwest Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
Aside from observing the deep-sea animals
in their natural habitat, we were able to bring back several live
specimens of corals and echinoderms to our laboratory for further study.