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South Atlantic MAR-ECO cruise 2009

Akademik IoffeThe cruise on Russian RV “Academic Ioffe” (13 October – 29 November) was the first dedicated effort serving the South Atlantic MAR-ECO project.


17 MAR-ECO partners from Russia, Brazil, Uruguay and New Zealand carried out exploratory biodiversity studies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and adjacent seamounts.  9 days of the cruise were dedicated for work on the ridge. The team was led by Dr Andrey Gebruk (Russia) and Dr Angel Perez (Brazil).

A preliminary Cruise Summary Report has been provided by Dr Perez and can be downloaded.

A full Cruise Report with contributions from all working group will be submitted later this year.

Read more:
Cruise journals from the RV “Academic Ioffe” (13 October – 29 November)
South Atlantic MAR-ECO on this website

Samples have been partially processed and divided among different working groups for further analyses. A brief overview is given below. For further information, please contact the Chair of the SA MAR-ECO Steering group:  Dr. José Angel Alvarez Perez (UNIVALI-Universidade do Vale do Itajaí, Brazil)   

1. Benthic samples (Sigsbee Trawl):
Samples have been distributed to:
·         PP Shirshov Institute, Moscow
·         National Museum of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro).
The SA MAR-ECO Benthos working group will coordinate the processing of these samples. 

2. Pelagic samples ( IKMT trawl and WP2)
a) Fish samples
·         Fish specimens for taxonomic studies: The PP Shirshov Institute, Moscow.
·         Genetic fish samples: The Vavilov Institute of general genetics, Moscow.
The Fish working group has requested support from MAR-ECO for the analyses of genetic samples.  

b) Cephalopods: The cephalopod specimens have been distributed as follows:
·         Earth and Ocean Science Research Institute, New Zealand (responsibility Kat Bolstad). Includes both cephalopod specimens and cephalopod genetic samples.
·         The South African MCM, - Marine and Coastal Management, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Cape Town (responsibility Marek Lipinski).
·         The UNIVALI- Museum of São Paulo, Brazil (Dr Angel Perez). The cephalopod group will be approached to discuss future collaboration.  

c) Remaining invertebrates: At UNIVALI (Brazil), under the responsibility of Charrid Resgalla. The invertebrates have been sorted for distribution among specialists.
The Zooplankton group will be approached to discuss these procedures. 

3. Microbiology: Samples are at the UNIVALI, Brazil, processed by the microbiology group. 

4. Environmental data: data from CTD casts and bathymetry data will be available to the Environmental setting group. 

Some money is available to support sample analyses or other activities. Working groups involved with processing of the existing samples should discuss their needs and prepare short proposals for support.  

A call for projects to access ship time on the RV Cruzeiro do Sul (Ministry of Science and Technology – Brazil) in 2010 and 2011 is now open (deadline early March). The SA MAR-ECO will submit proposals for ship time to explore the Rio Grande Rise and SPSP Archipelago.    


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