OTN South Africa Phase I Deployments Complete

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Curtis Young and Paul Cowley attach steel anchors to mooring assembly
On November 30, 2011, OTN South African collaborator Paul Cowley from the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) and his team completed deployment of phase I of the OTN South African Array. Phase I included the installation of two acoustic receiver lines off the South Coast of South Africa in OTN’s West Indian Ocean Region — the Algoa Bay Line, consisting of 20 receiver stations extending approximately 17 km offshore near the Bird Island Marine Protected Area, and the Mossel Bay Line, consisting of 14 receiver stations extending approximately 11 km offshore in an area of ongoing great white shark tracking.
Phase II of the OTN South Africa deployments is sheduled for early 2012 and will include deployment of a receiver line in False Bay to the west of the phase I lines, in OTN’s SE Atlantic Ocean Region, as well as several shorter secondary lines to the east of the existing lines extending all the way up the eastern coast of South Africa.

Read more about Paul Cowley’s research on the SAIAB Website

View more photos from the South Africa deployments in the OTN Multimedia Gallery

Story by Susan Dufault, OTN Headquarters

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