Biological Assessment of a Fiber Optic Cable Route
Service: Biological Assessments
In support of the installation of a new fiber optic telecommunication cable linking Southeast Asia and the US, AMS scientists conducted an ROV based characterization of seafloor habitats and associated marine biota along a 14 km segment of the proposed cable route. The surveyed route contained low- and high relief hard bottom, coarse sand, cobble, mixed sand and rock, and fine silt-sand habitat with corresponding marine communities. The overall survey approach and scientific protocols were designed and to enable comparisons with similar surveys conducted in the area ten years before. Final study results were provided to the California State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission.