Collection Data

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Monterey Bay Deep 2004

Section Responsible for Processing

Polychaetes

Significance

Polychaetes from the first ever study on the impact of lost shipping containers on the sea floor. A valuable addition to our collection of west coast deep-water polychaetes.

Background

In February 2004, the cargo ship M/V Med Taipei encountered severe weather & lost twenty-four 40-foot shipping containers in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) found one of the containers in June 2004 at a depth of 1281 meters. The ship’s owners paid a $3.25 million settlement for damage to the natural resources within the Sanctuary. Part of the money paid for an ecological assessment of the area directly around the container. 20 of 32 sediment push cores taken by MBARI researchers during a cruise in March, 2011 were analyzed for infauna. The polychaetes were sent to Leslie Harris (Polychaete Collections Manager) for identification & donated afterwards to the museum.

Collection Location and Dates

Monterey Bay, California, 8-10 March 2011.

Taxonomic Contents

Polychaetes

Documentation

Specimens are recorded in the Polychaete Catalogue. Information about the shipping container & the ecological assessment is available on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s & the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network’s websites at:

http://montereybay.noaa.gov/resourcepro/mt/benthic.html

http://sanctuarysimon.org/projects/100388/ecological-assessment-of-a-lost-shipping-container-in-the-mbnms

[above two links active Nov.2014, relevant collections photos archived on this site]

Findings published in Taylor, J. R., et al. 2014. Deep-sea faunal communities associated with a lost intermodal shipping container in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CA. Marine Pollution Bulletin 83: 92-106. (PDF available below).

Description of Collection

Samples originally fixed in 10% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water & transferred to 70% ethanol.

Collection Inventory

190 lots.

Collection Assets

Date Click to View Image Information
02/02/2015 View [84.6 kB] Map of sanctuary.
02/02/2015 View [144.0 kB] Faunal growth on surrounding sea floor compared to container.
02/02/2015 View [36.5 kB] Images of containers.
02/02/2015 View [63.3 kB] Table of taxa on container versus on surrounding seafloor.
11/07/2014 View [2747.1 kB] Taylor, J.R., A.P. DeVogelaere, E.J. Burton, O. Frey, L. Lundsten, L. A. Kuhnz, P.J. Whaling, C. Lovera, K.R. Buck, and J.P. Barry. 2014. Deep-sea faunal communities associated with a lost intermodal shipping container in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CA. Marine Pollution Bulletin 83: 92-106.

Curatorial Status (Click to view)