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Field Notes : Gulf of Alaska Project

August 6, 2013

AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES

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by Olav OrmsethAugust 6 2013Greetings from Juneau! We (the inshore survey team) just pulled into Juneau to complete our spring eastern GOA survey. Overall the trip went very well. In fact, we suffered a sort of "embarrassment of riches", in that we had so many fish in some of our catches Read More

August 3, 2013

Bird Watching

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by Jeanette Gann, Chief Scientist aboard the Northwest Explorer8/2/2013beautiful day spent heading north to our first station. Below the bird observer John Warzybok checking out the birds and scenery as we head into Cross Sound. Dogfish8/3/2013Our first day of sampling went smoothly with the last catch of the Read More

July 30, 2013

Finally found Rockfish

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Wyatt FournierThe narrow continental shelf and steep slope characteristics of the eastern Gulf of Alaska has intrigued biologists and oceanographers for years.  The GOAIERP offers one of the first fisheries oceanography surveys to thoroughly explore this region of the Pacific Ocean thus acquiring valuable data previously not available.  Read More

July 30, 2013

Endangered Species Sighted

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by Wyatt FournierWhen I asked Marty, our seabird and marine mammal observer from US Fish and Wildlife, what the highlights of his trip were he listed off numerous species of birds.  A Red Legged Kitty Wake, usually sighted in the Bering Sea, took a ride on our bow for Read More

July 30, 2013

Zooplankton or Ichthyoplankton??

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by Wyatt FournierPlankton are organisms that live in the water column and are unable to swim against a current.  I mentioned in my previous post that phytoplankton, which are the photosynthesizing primary producers (plants) in the ocean, are collected by Scott with a water sampler.  Our grad student Read More

July 23, 2013

Pollock everywhere!!

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Wyatt FournierAs I mentioned in my first post, every year we observe something a little different out here in the Gulf of Alaska.  For the past few weeks we have been catching more Young Of the Year (YOY) Walleye pollock than on any previous survey.  Almost every time Read More

July 22, 2013

It never fails… some equipment will fail

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by Wyatt FournierAs we learned from Russ in earlier posts, equipment failures are just another part of a research survey and we will have our share.The Northwest Explorer is rigged with a 3rd wire that connects to a sensor mounted on the head rope of our trawl net.  Read More

July 19, 2013

Captain Adam

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by Wyatt FournierI want to extend a special thanks to Adam White who has stepped in to Captain the Northwest Explorer for this leg of the survey.  Adam has been first mate on the NW since 2006 and before that was the first mate on the F/V Intrepid for 6 Read More

July 19, 2013

Guess who’s back…

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Wyatt Fournier, Chief field researcher for GOAIERPI am excited to return to the Northwest Explorer for my 6thsurvey leg of the GOAIERP.  Every leg has proven different over the years as ocean conditions and fish communities continue to change right before my eyes.I threw the lines out for Read More

July 19, 2013

The “IERP” in GOAIERP

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Wyatt Fournier7/19/13The goal of our Integrated Ecosystem Research Project is to better understand the mechanisms in which climate and ocean conditions influences the survival of juvenile marine fish.  This is different than traditional methods of predicting survival of juvenile fish to adults which utilize a single species stock Read More