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8/19/2007 Lingcod Reef aboard Unknown Boat by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Greg Holzer
Visibility: 30' - 50' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 55FSW Avg Depth: 44FSW
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Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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Cyndi Dawson from Reefcheck was able to get some extra funding for the certified Reefcheckers to board the Cypress Sea for Free on Sunday for more surveys. Since the visibility was so good in Carmel, we motored to Pescadero Pt. or AKA Lingcod Reef. The seas were very flat and tame. We anchored in 60 feet of water and we were able to see the kelp at least 40feet down. Perfect conditions for surveying this reef. I buddied up with Greg Holzer. We were instructed to do one Core Transect, which is a count of fish, invertebrates, algae, and uniform point contact for 30meters. We were in 50-55 feet running West at 300 degrees just off shore. Wonderful visibility! It was great to see this site and the layout. Lots of single stipe kelp plants to count on this site. Very challenging maneuvering around it!

We were given a little more work on the second survey dive to finish up what others didnít complete. We did a shallow Core Transect and one Fish Count. Swimming out to the locations took some careful planning, but, once we were there we got busy counting. We were at 30-35feet of water and running the transect line East at 120 degrees.

Observations: Pescadero Pt is an area that is fished often. We didnít see much in terms of fish on the first transect due to doing the deeper transect count. In the shallower area, we did see more fish, especially those wonderful blue rockfish. The size was about equal in the 15cm and 15-30cm range. At the shallower transect, I counted the various kelp on our list, which was great to see on a transect line. Actually one giant kelp plant had at least 75 stipes!!!

It was alot of fun doing this!!!