In August 2015, the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) team of researchers from the University of Alaska’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the University of Maryland, University of Washington, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initated their first field effort to sample marine biodiversity on the Chukchi Sea shelf. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is supporting this study to improve environmental impact assessments and a broader perspective of the ecosystem. The AMBON field efforts have been successful in sampling important ecosystem components across species and regions and in detecting important patterns of ecosystem function. The AMBON is one of three U.S. projects working to develop a Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (MBON) for the nation.
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