This expedition is one in a series that focuses on ‘mesophotic coral ecosystems’, or MCEs. The term mesophotic, or middle/medium light, refers to the region of the ocean below the photic zone where light is the major driver for photosynthesis by corals and algae, but above the aphotic zone where in the dark organisms rely on other means for productivity. These transitional depths, say from 200 to 500 feet (60 to 150 meters) in depth encompass a significant area of our oceans’ benthic habitat, and remain poorly understood, and largely unexplored.
My team’s work was supported by the National Geographic Society in 2010, as we conducted benthic investigations to over 430 feet/130 meters off of Andros, Bahamas.
For more on our work on the MCEs in the Bahamas, visit:
For those unable to attend the presentation at Boston Sea Rovers, the full presentation will be posted on www.oceanopportunity.com/BahamaDeep.html soon.
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