MBON Research Partners Incorporate Species Diversity and Basin-scale Oceanographic Time Series into Sanctuary Condition Reports
Jarrod  Santora, University of California at Santa Cruz, John Field, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center , Isaac Schroeder, Steven Bograd, NOAA NMFS/SWFSC Chief of the Climate and Ecosystems Program, and Elliott Hazen, NMFS/SWFSC are developing time series of pelagic forage diversity and richness and linking them to basin-scale oceanographic drivers. The MBON working group updates brought this work to the attention of Monterey Bay sanctuary’s Jennifer Brown, and resulted in inclusion of some early results in the “Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report Partial Update: A New Assessment of the State of the Sanctuary Resources 2015.“  Specifically these time series contributed to assessments of the status of biodiversity (Question 9) and changing oceanographic conditions (Question 1) for the offshore environment of MBNMS. Once finalized, these time series will be available on-line and regularly updated, which will support the MBON goal of dynamic updates to Sanctuary status and trend reports.

In May 2015, multiple MBON Monterey Bay research teams and collaborating partners deployed on the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada.  Andrew DeVogelaere, ‎Research Coordinator for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and MBON eDNA collaborators at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Jesse Port, Rebecca Martone, and Collin Closek successfully sequencedDNA extracted from mesopelagic fishes collected with a midwater trawl deployed during the research cruise to explore sea life over the Davidson Seamount in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The next step for the MBON environmental DNA will be to compare the DNA sequences from trawl-caught fishes to eDNA in water samples collected during the same cruise. The perspective is that eDNA will be a useful tool to detect mesopelagic fishes and other species in the midwater, which is a benefit because it can be both time consuming and expensive to use traditional sampling to detect these species.  
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Watch the Video: Exploring the Davidson Seamount

The cruise was the subject of an ONMS Earth is Blue video “Exploring the Davidson Seamount”.  Andrew DeVogelaere provides an overview of MBON collaborators, research activities and several of the advanced technologies used on the cruise to study the biodiversity of fish, marine life and birds that live in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Earth Is Blue Video
Exploring Davidson Seamount CA