Last Major MAR-ECO Cruise Underway

On the 26th May 2010 ECOMAR scientists set sail on the RRS James Cook from St. John’s in Canada for the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Monty Priede of OCEANLAB, University of Aberdeen, is Principal Investigator. For the first time during the ECOMAR project the ROV Isis has been deployed carrying a range of video, photographic and sampling systems, providing further insight into life of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In addition, ECOMAR scientists have deployed a variety of sampling equipment including the photographic acoustic lander, ICDeep camera and the amphipod trap. Daily updates and photographs of deep-sea life are available via the cruise blog and Twitter pages. The cruise will end on the 3rd of July when the RRS James Cook docks in Vigo, Spain.