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The Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM, formerly the Minerals Management Service, MMS) has contracted with the National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH), Department of Invertebrate Zoology (IZ) since 1979, to provide professional collection management services for the long-term curation of its collection of marine invertebrate specimens taken during the environmental baseline surveys of various oil and gas lease sites on the US East, West, and Gulf Coasts. These studies, sampled existing biological communities along the continental shelf to document their composition and to help predict the potential impacts of future oil/gas explorations. BOEM and NMNH both appreciated the potential research value of these collections and collaborated on the creation of a project that would help ensure these invaluable collections would be cared for and made accessible for future research. More than 220,000 specimen lots have been curated into the Invertebrate Zoology collection, and these BOEM specimens represent almost 20% of the invertebrate collection records in our on-line catalog database.

In celebration of the 30 year collaboration between IZ and BOEM, IZ hosted a BOEM Environmental Sciences Branch staff site visit and prepared a series of downloadable posters: History of BOEM and NMNH-IZ Collaboration {[full size - 1.6 MB] [letter size - 0.1 MB]}, Importance of Archived Programmatic Collections {[full size - 3.7 MB] [letter size - 0.2 MB]}, Map of BOEM Collection Sites {[full size - 10.8 MB] [letter size - 0.3 MB]}. IZ staff also presented a lecture [The BOEM/IZ Partnership – 30 Years and Counting, Federal Programmatic Collections in the National Museum of Natural History] at the Department of Interior Museum. The IZ lecture is available in 3 file formats: recorded audio {20.5 MB - ppsx}, transcribed text {12.9 MB - pptx}, transcribed text {4.5 MB - pdf}. At the DOI Museum, BOEM Division of Environmental Sciences, Greg Boland also presented on the techniques, difficulties, and expense associated with oceanographic environmental baseline surveys. The BOEM lecture is available as transcribed text {9.3 MB - ppt} and portable document format {1.4 MB - pdf}. To run the presentation automatically: select Save, otherwise select Open and click the Slideshow button.

BOEM Programs

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ANIMIDA III: Arctic Nearshore Impact Monitoring in Development
Years collected: 2013-2017
Depths collected: 10 - 64 m
Research vessels: R/V Norseman II
ANIMIDA Collections download
Technical reports: ANIMIDA Technical Summary

ASLAR: Atlantic Slope and Rise Program
Years collected: 1984-1985
Depths collected: 250 - 8000 m
Research vessels: R/V Cape Hatteras, Columbus Iselin, Gyre, Oceanus
Station maps: ASLAR KMZ, ASLAR PDF
ASLAR Station Data
ASLAR Collections download
Technical reports:
North Atlantic - Executive Summary Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Interim Report, Technical Summary
Mid-Atlantic - Executive Summary, Final Report, Technical Summary
South Atlantic -
Phase 1 Executive Summary, Final Report
Phase 2 Executive Summary, Final Report, Technical Summary

BHC: Survey of Benthic Communities near Potential Renewable Energy Sites Offshore the Pacific Northwest
Years collected: 2010-2015
Depths collected: 48 - 129 m
Research vessels: R/V Baylis, Elakha, Miss Linda, Pacific Storm
Station maps: BHC KMZ
BHC Collections download
Technical reports: Technical Summary Vol. 1 & 2, Final Report Vol. 1, Vol. 2

BIMP: Georges Bank Benthic Infauna Monitoring Program
Years collected: 1981-1984
Depths collected: 38 - 168 m
Research vessels: R/V Cape Henlopen, Eastward, Endeavor, Gyre, Oceanus
Station maps: BIMP KMZ, BIMP PDF
BIMP Station Data
BIMP Collections download
Technical reports: Executive Summary
Year1 - Executive Summary, Final Report, Technical Summary
Year2 - Final Report, Interim Summary, Technical Summary
Year3 - Executive Summary, Final Report, Appendices, Interim Summary, Technical Summary

CABP: Central Atlantic Benchmark Program
Years collected: 1975-1977
Depths collected: 14 - 760 m
Research vessels: R/V Cape Henlopen, Columbus Iselin, G.W. Pierce, H.J.W. Fay, J.M. Gilliss, John Smith, Virginia Sea
Station maps: CABP KMZ, CABP PDF
CABP Station Data
CABP Collections download
Technical reports: Executive Summary, Vol. 2A, Vol. 2B, Vol. 2C, Vol. 2D, Vol. 3, Technical Summary

CAIMP: Characterization of Algal-Invertebrate Mats at Offshore Platforms and the Assessment of Methods for Artificial Substrate Studies
Years collected: 1996-2005
Depths collected: 1 - 30 m
Station maps: CAIMP KMZ
Technical reports: CAIMP Final Report, CAIMP Technical Summary

CAMP: California Monitoring Program
Years collected: 1983-1988
Depths collected: 25 - 930 m
Research vessels: R/V Diaphus, Swan
Station maps: CAMP KMZ, CAMP PDF
CAMP Station Data
CAMP Collections download
Technical reports:
Phase 1 - Executive Summary, Synthesis
Phase 2 - Annual Report Year 1, Appendices Year 1, Annual Report Year 3
Taxonomic Atlas Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

CARP: Central and Northern California Reconnaissance Program
Years collected: 1987
Depths collected: 60 - 607 m
Station maps: CARP KMZ, CARP PDF
CARP Station Data
CARP Collections download
Technical reports: CARP Final Report, CARP Appendices

CASPS: Canyon and Slope Processes Study
Years collected: 1979-1982
Depths collected: 100 - 1800 m
Research vessels: R/V Eastward, DSR/V Alvin, Johnson Sea Link
Station maps: CASPS KMZ, CASPS PDF
Technical reports: Vol. 1 - Executive Summary, Vol. 2 - Physical, Vol. 3 - Biological, Technical Summary

CGPS: Central Gulf Platform Study
Years collected: 1978-1979
Depths collected: 6 - 98 m
Station maps: CGPS KMZ, CGPS PDF
CGPS Station Data
CGPS Collections download
Technical reports: Final Report Vol. 1 part 1-3, Vol. 1 part 4-5, Vol. 1 part 6-7, Vol. 1 part 8, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Erratum, Technical Summary

CHEMO: Chemosynthetic Ecosystem Study
Years collected: 1991-2009
Depths collected: 500 – 1500 m
Research vessels: R/V Seaward Johnson, Gyre, DSR/V Johnson Sea Link I, R/V Edwin Link
Station map – CHEMO
CHEMO Station Data
CHEMO Collections download
Technical reports:
CHEMO I
1991/92 - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Appendix, Technical Summary
1993 - Interim Report
Final - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Appendix, Technical Summary
CHEMO II
1998 - Interim Report, Technical Summary
Final - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Technical Summary
CHEMO III
Interim Report Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Final - Final Report, Appendices, Technical Summary

DGoMB: Deepwater Program: Northern Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope Habitats and Benthic Ecology
Years collected: 2001-2002
Depths collected: 300 - 3000 m
Research vessels: R/V Gyre
Station maps: DGoMB KMZ, DGoMB PDF
Technical reports: Final Report, Technical Summary
Year 1 - Interim, Technical Summary
Year 2 - Interim, Technical Summary

FEWCB: Feeding Ecology of Gray Whales in the Chirikof Basin
Years collected: 1982-1983
Depths collected: 12 - 48 m
Research vessels: R/V Discoverer, Miller Freeman
Station maps: FEWCB KMZ
FEWCB Collections download
Technical reports: FEWCB Executive Summary, FEWCB Final Report, FEWCB Technical Summary

IXTOC: IXTOC Oil Spill Assessment Study
Years collected: 1979-1980
Depths collected: 5 - 55 m
Station maps: IXTOC KMZ, IXTOC PDF
IXTOC Station Data
IXTOC Collections download
Technical reports: Executive Summary, Final Report, Appendices, Technical Summary

LMRS: South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Living Marine Resource Study
Years collected: 1980-1981
Depths collected: 15 - 79 m
Research vessels: R/V Bagby, Bluefin, Cape Hatteras, Dan Moore, Dolphin, Eastward, Lady Lisa
Station maps: LMRS KMZ, LMRS PDF
LMRS Station Data
LMRS Collections download
Technical reports:
Year 1 - Executive Summary, Final Report Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Appendices, Technical Summary
Year 2 - Executive Summary, Final Report Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Appendices, Technical Summary
Phase 3 - Executive Summary, Final Report Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Technical Summary

LOPH: Deepwater Program: Characterization of Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Hard Bottom Communities with Emphasis on Lophelia coral (Lophelia study)
Years collected: 2004
Depths collected: 310 - 686 m
Station map – LOPH
LOPH Station Data
LOPH Collections download
Technical reports: Final Report LOPH Vol. 1 & LOPH Vol. 2, LOPH Technical Summary

MAFLA: Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Survey
Years collected: 1974-1978
Depths collected: 10 - 189 m
Research vessels: R/V Bellows, Columbus Iselin, Gyre, Indian Seal, Java Seal, Miss Freeport, Rounsefell, Tursiops
Station map – MAFLA
Technical reports:
1974 - Final Report Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Technical Summary
1975/76 - Final Report Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, & Vol. 6
1977/78 - Final Report Vol. 1a, Vol. 1b, Vol. 2a, Vol. 2b, Technical Summary

MAMES: Mississippi-Alabama Marine Ecosystem Study
Years collected: 1987-1989
Depths collected: 20 – 200 m
Research vessels: R/V Tommy Munro
Station maps: MAMES KMZ, MAMES PDF
MAMES Station Data
MAMES Collections download
Technical reports:
Year 1 - Technical Narrative, Appendices
Year 2 - Technical Narrative, Appendices
Executive Summary, Technical Narrative Pt. 1 & Pt. 2, Appendices Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 Technical Summary

MAPTEM: Mississippi/Alabama Pinnacle Trend Ecosystem Monitoring
Years collected: 1996-1999
Depths collected: 60 - 110 m
Research vessels: R/V Tommy Munro
Station maps: MAPTEM KMZ, MAPTEM PDF
MAPTEM Station Data
MAPTEM Collections download
Technical reports: Final Report, Interim Report Year 1, Year 2, Year 3

NEEB: New England Environmental Benchmark Program
Years collected: 1977
Depths collected: 38 – 290 m
Research vessels: R/V Fay, Gyre, Gilliss, Knorr
Station maps: NEEB KMZ, NEEB PDF
NEEB Station Data
NEEB Collections download
Technical reports: Final Report Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Technical Report

NGOMCS: Northern Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope Study
Years collected: 1983-1986
Depths collected: 291 - 2935 m
Research vessels: R/V Citation, Gyre, Johnson Sea Link
Station maps: NGOMCS KMZ, NGOMCS PDF
NGOMCS Station Data
NGOMCS Collections download
Technical report: Synopsis
Year 1 - Executive Summary, Annual Report
Year 2 - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Appendices, Technical Summary
Year 3 - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Appendices
Year 4 - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Appendices

OCSEAP-ESSNA: Ecological Characterization of Shallow Subtidal Habitats in the North Aleutian Shelf
Years collected: 1982
Depths collected: 10 - 60 m
Research vessels: R/V Discoverer, Miller Freeman
OCSEAP-ESSNA Collections download
Technical reports: Final Report, Technical Summary

POSP: Panama Oil Spill Program
Years collected: 1986-1987
Depths collected: 0 – 1 m
Station maps: POSP PDF
POSP Station Data
POSP Collections download
Technical reports:
1987 - Short-term Assessment
1990 - Executive Summary Technical Summary
1991 - Technical Summary
1993 - Executive Summary, Technical Report Pt. 1 & Pt. 2, Technical Summary

PSBF: Exploration of Potentially Sensitive Biological Features
Years collected: 2011-2015
Depths collected: 90 - 112 m
Research vessels: R/V Manta
Station maps: PSBF KMZ
PSBF Collections download
Technical reports: PSBF Technical Summary

SABP: South Atlantic Benchmark Program
Years collected: 1977
Depths collected: 8 – 520 m
Research vessels: R/V G.W. Pierce II
Station map – SABP
SABP Station Data
SABP Collections download
Technical reports: Executive Summary, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Appendices

SAHBS: South Atlantic Hard Bottom Study
Years collected: 1978
Depths collected: 31 - 102 m
Research vessels: M/V Profiler
Station maps: SAHBS KMZ,
SAHBS Collections download
Technical reports: SAHBS Final Report, SAHBS Appendices, SAHBS Technical Summary

SOCAL: Southern California Baseline Study
Years collected: 1975-1978
Depths collected: intertidal
Station maps: SOCAL KMZ, SOCAL PDF
SOCAL Station Data
SOCAL Collections download
Technical reports: Final Report SOCAL Vol. 1, SOCAL Vol. 2, & SOCAL Vol. 3, SOCAL Year 3 Summary

SOFLA: Southwest Florida Shelf Ecosystem Study
Years collected: 1980-1985
Depths collected: 10 - 160 m
Research vessels: R/V Suncoaster
Station maps: SOFLA KMZ, SOFLA PDF
SOFLA Station Data
SOFLA Collections download
Technical reports:
Executive Summary, Technical Report, Annotated Bibliography
Year 1 - Executive Summary, Final Report, Appendix A & B, Technical Summary
Year 2 - Final Report
Year 3 - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Appendices, Technical Summary, Cruise Report I & II
Year 4 - Executive Summary, Technical Report, Appendices, Technical Summary, Cruise Report I, III, IV

STOCS: South Texas Outer Continental Shelf Study
Years collected: 1975-1977
Depths collected: 15 - 182 m
Research vessels: R/V Longhorn
Station maps: STOCS KMZ, STOCS PDF
STOCS Collections download
Technical reports:
Study Area, Atlas
1975 - Final Report, Appendices I, II, Supplemental, Technical Summary
1976 - Executive Summary, Final Report Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Appendices I, II, III, IV, Supplemental I & II, Rig Monitoring, Technical Summary
1977 - Executive Summary, Final Report Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Appendices I, II, III, IV, Technical Summary

SWAPS: Sperm Whale Acoustic Prey Survey
Years collected: 2009-2010
Depths collected: 475 - 3487 m
Research vessels: R/V Gordon Gunter and R/V Pisces
Station map – SWAPS
Media: Ppt, Press Release

TFLTC: US-Canada Transboundary Fish and Lower Trophic Communities
Years collected: 2012-2017
Depths collected: 20 - 1000 m
Research vessels: R/V Norseman II
TFLTC Collections download
Technical reports: TFLTC Technical Summary

WRECK: Deepwater Program: Archaeological and Biological Analysis of WWII Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico: A Pilot Study of the Artificial Reef Effect in Deep Water (Deep Wrecks)
Years collected: 2004
Depths collected: 85 - 146 m
Research vessels: R/V Dominator
Station maps: WRECK KMZ, WRECK PDF
WRECK Station Data
WRECK Collections download
Technical reports: WRECK Final Report, WRECK Technical Summary

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