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Word From the Field: San Francisco DODS Survey

ANAMAR’s biologist Jason Seitz recently assisted EPA and USACE in a benthic survey of the San Francisco Deep Ocean Disposal Site (SF-DODS) aboard the R/V Point Sur 50 miles off the coast of San Francisco. During the survey, Jason and other crew spotted many of nature’s majestic creatures. In the following paragraph Jason lists some of the species observed during the survey.

“We encountered several species of marine mammals during the SF-DODS survey, including humpback whales, northern right whale dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Rizzo’s dolphins, sea otters, seals, and sea lions.  We also encountered pelagic birds such as black-footed albatross, storm petrels, shearwaters, murres, murrelets, and tufted puffins.”

-Jason Seitz


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SF-DODS, an ocean disposal site for dredged materials, is regulated under the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (MPRSA) and co-managed by USACE San Francisco District and EPA Region 9. SF-DODS is also the nation’s deepest disposal site. It is located along the continental slope in water depths of about 3000 meters and is just outside the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

 

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Photo's courtesy of Jason Seitz

 

 

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