A year after discovering 'Spongetopia' in 2018, a team from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, with support from partners Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), embarked on the two-week #PacificSeamounts2019 expedition in July that uncovered the mysteries of Canada’s largest underwater volcano—Explorer seamount—at the centre of a potential Offshore Pacific Marine Protected Area.
Imagine exploring Banff National Park and discovering mountains that no one knew were there. That’s what happened during our recent Northeast Pacific Seamounts Expedition, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Oceana Canada, the Haida Nation and Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) (Figure 1).
Figure 1. The Northeast Pacific Seamounts Expedition was a 16-day, 2500 kilometre voyage to explore and map little-known underwater volcanoes with a goal to inform future marine protection measures.
While mapping and exploring these underwater volcanoes, the science team aboard exploration vessel (EV) Nautilus discovered six...
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is extending its long-term continuous monitoring capabilities to support new marine protection efforts by deploying a sophisticated instrument package on Dellwood Seamount within the Canadian Offshore Pacific Area of Interest (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Dellwood Seamount is located within the Offshore Pacific Area of Interest, announced in May 2017 as the first step to establishing a large marine protected area under Canada’s Oceans Act. This unique seafloor ecosystem includes 17 named seamounts—with perhaps as many as 40 in total—and a series of hydrothermal vents.