Observation on the Seabed around Simheungteak Seamount near Dokdo and using Mini-ROV

소형 ROV를 활용한 독도 및 심흥택해산 해저면 탐사


  • Received : 2017.07.05
  • Accepted : 2019.01.24
  • Published : 2019.02.28


ROV surveys were conducted using 500 meter mini class ROV with HD video camera, 2 LED lights, a simple manipulator and 8 thrusters near the Dokdo and Simheungtaek seamount. Total six dives have been conducted using the ROV "V8 SII" from Sweden and ROV's support ship, "KOSAL V" at 4 stations between 45 and 370 meters with diving time ranged from 30 to 120 minutes. Dense communities of sea anemone (Actinostolidae sp.) and ophiuroids (Ophiuridae sp.) on the surface of rocky bottom and snow crab on the soft bottom with muddy-sand were observed at northwestern part of Simheungtaek seamount. We obtained the following results 1) habitats information for snow crab, one of the major fisheries resources, and deep-sea fauna, 2) observation on the specific topography and sediment conditions, 3) observation of the seabed surface covered with the discarded fishing gears. This study represents the first report of in situ visual observation of deep-sea organisms and their habitats near the Dokdo slopes and flat top of the Simheungtaek seamount in the East Sea. These results indicated that immediate oceanographic survey using the mini class ROV is available in the East Sea.


Dokdo;East Sea;ROV;Seamount;Deep-sea


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Grant : 독도의 지속 가능한 이용연구, 한국 주변 해양생태계 변동 이해 및 대응 기반 연구

Supported by : 해양수산부, 한국해양과학기술원