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BOEM and NOAA Kick Off US West Coast Habitat Research

A team of researchers has begun investigating deep-sea habitats off the U.S. West Coast to help inform possible locations for offshore wind energy development.

Scientists and engineers from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) kicked off the mission on 7 October and plan to finish it a month later.

The expedition is being carried out onboard NOAA’s Reuben Lasker offshore California, Oregon and Washington, including sites within four National Marine Sanctuaries.

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