New tech explores the depths of Gulf of Mexico

“A multi-institution research team will deploy experimental technology next week to explore the deep scattering layers of the ocean.

The team which includes marine scientist Kevin Boswell from Florida International University is looking for information about animals in the Gulf of Mexico that make up the scattering layers—those that undergo daily vertical migrations of 100 to 1,000 meters. These animals represent the largest organized animal migration on the planet, yet little is known about them. What scientists do know is these animals are major players in the global carbon cycle, transporting carbon to deeper waters as they migrate. Some of them are part of a global discussion about whether they could have economic potential from a fisheries standpoint.” Read More

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