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2011 EXPEDITIONS
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Diver scooping up a small amount of sand from the sea floor.February 16-17, 2011
NRDA Cruise #5b, R/V MANTA
- Continuation of Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) activities begun in December 2010.

lionfishMarch 28-30, 2011
NRDA Cruise #6, R/V MANTA
- Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) activities

Two students at a table with buzzers in hand during a competitionApril 29, 2011
National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Field Trip, R/V MANTA
- Field trip for students competing in the NOSB finals to learn more about the MANTA's capabilities and how it is used for ocean research.

Colored map showing baythymetry of Southern Bank in Gulf of Mexico.  The shallowest sections are in red.May 15-18, 2011
Fish & Benthic Surveys ROV Cruise (DFH15), R/V MANTA
- Evaluating fish populations and benthic cover to establish baseline data for proposed research areas.

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Group of students standing on a dock next to the R/V MantaMay 21-28, 2011
University of Texas Marine Science Institute Research, R/V MANTA
- Students practice different data collection methods, including multibeam bathymetry, acoustic reflection and coring, as part of a marine geology course.

Man standing next to large piece of equipment on the deck of a shipJune 3-12, 2011
Naval Research Laboratory Research, R/V MANTA
- Scientists from Stennis Space Center investigate current/topography interactions and their influence on water quality and contaminant transport over shelf-edge banks.

Head-on view of a whale shark swimming toward the camera.June 15-21, 2011
Whale Shark Research, R/V MANTA
- A visit to Ewing Bank off of Louisiana to try and find an aggregation of whale sharks that has frequented the area the past few years.

Three people moving a CTD carousel on the back of a boat.June 23-30, 2011
TAMUG Research, R/V MANTA
- Researchers try to determine the size and intensity of the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone".

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July 5-8, 2011
Stetson Bank Long-term Monitoring, R/V MANTA
- Annual collection of photos and other data for evaluation.

Diver working on reefJuly 10-15, 2011
East and West Banks Long-term Monitoring, R/V MANTA
- Annual collection of photos and other data for evaluation.

Eye bolt with number tag on reefJuly 25-29, 2011
East and West Banks Long-term Monitoring Site Upgrades, R/V MANTA
- Maintenance and upgrade of the long-term monitoring site to make perimeter surveys more repeatable and update mapping of photostation markers.

Diver making observations along a meter tape on a reef.August 1-5, 2011
Baseline Benthic & Fish Surveys, R/V MANTA
- Evaluating fish populations and benthic cover to establish baseline data for proposed research areas.

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Whale shark in open waterAugust 18-21, 2011
Coral Spawning, R/V MANTA
- Observing annual coral spawning event. Opportunistic tagging of whale shark.

Graphic image of a ship using sonar to learn about the seafloorAugust 21-September 2, 2011
Coral Connections in the Gulf, NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
- Collection of benthic and fish population data along the outer slopes of the sanctuary from depths of 110-150 feet. Daily mission logs posted during expedition. Questions answered by scientists on board.

Marbled grouperAugust 24-29, 2011
Marbled Grouper/Geyer Bank, R/V MANTA
- Search for reported marbled grouper aggregations and make observations at Geyer Bank.

Mooring line attached to a metal u-bolt embedded in the reef.September 15-16, 2011
Mooring Buoy Survey, R/V MANTA
- Survey and document the condition of each mooring buoy system within the sanctuary.

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OTHER EXPEDITIONS
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Orange, branching gorgonian (soft coral) anchored in a bed of sponges and other sea life.
   
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