Thursday, September 13, 2007

CZM Press Release

Sept. 12 2007
BOSTON (AP) - Scientists and researchers have begun mapping the seafloor of Cape Cod Bay in an effort to promote better ocean management.

It's the latest in a 4-year-old project that has already mapped out nearly 500 square miles of the ocean bottom from the New Hampshire border to Nantasket Beach in Hull.

Marine experts say accurate seafloor mapping can be used to protect fish habitat, identify sand resources for beach nourishment projects and identify appropriate areas for ocean-based
construction.

The work in Cape Cod Bay is being conducted by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The official press release is here:
http://www.mass.gov/envir/press/pressreleases/091207_ccbay.pdf

Photographs, video and sediment samples will be collected over the 9-day survey which ends on Friday.

Scientists say the detailed examination is revealing a more diverse seafloor than they originally thought existed.

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