Exciting morning for our WP3 team. We deployed a final run with the time lapse camera in our deep sea area. This time the camera will take a picture of baited kelp tray every 90 minutes from now until October, 2017.
Our previous deployments ran for 30 h. This 4-month trial is a unique opportunity to learn more about the long-term turnover rate of drift, as well as to document how the bottom communities using this food source change over time.
We can use this information to address critical questions, such as how much kelp is consumed vs. buried in these habitats, which is important for understanding its role as a carbon sink.
Fingers crossed that we can get it back up from 400 m in October!