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Field Notes : Gulf of Alaska Project

April 7, 2013

Spring phytoplankton bloom in progress!

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By Morgan Ostendorf, University of Washington, on the vessel Oscar DysonJust north of Cross Sound we encountered a spring bloom with higher concentrations of chlorophyll than anything we saw in 2011. This is good news because one of the goals of this cruise is to investigate the spring bloom. In 2011 we Read More

April 5, 2013

Sampling in the sun

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By Morgan Ostendorf, University of Washington, on the vessel Oscar DysonWe left port around 1330 today (that is 1:30 pm for all you landlubbers) and the weather couldn't have been better. As we made our way to the first station, we saw some Dall's porpoises.Leaving port in Seward (Photo credit: M. Read More

April 2, 2013

All Aboard!

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By Morgan Ostendorf, University of Washington, on the vessel Oscar DysonEveryone has made it to Seward safe and sound for the Gulf of Alaska Project's Spring cruise on the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson. Some of us were a little worried that we weren't going to make it when the pilot Read More

April 2, 2013

2013 sampling is underway!

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By Danielle Dickson, NPRB Program ManagerThe Gulf of Alaska Project's Spring 2013 cruise aboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson is underway! Researchers on this cruise will study oceanography offshore in the southeastern Gulf of Alaska. They will measure the physical properties of the water (temperature, salinity, current speed, etc.) and they Read More

September 12, 2012

Respirometer on Board

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By Ann Robertson, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest Explorer A new component of our Gulf of Alaska research this summer is the use of a respirometer on board the ship to measure the oxygen consumption (respiration rate) of fish. We had hoped to investigate the respiration rate of Read More

September 10, 2012

St John the Baptist Bay

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerAfter disappointing low catches of live age-0 rockfish in coastal waters, we decided to sample St. John the Baptist bay in Salisbury Sound, which is about 30 miles north of Sitka. This bay is a known nursery ground for juvenile sablefish and we Read More

August 21, 2012

Finishing the Western Gulf of Alaska survey

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerGood weather and large catches of focal fish species made this trip a success, letting us occupy every station on the Western Gulf of Alaska grid in record time. Our crew for this leg is pictured in front of the Holgate Glacier Read More

August 18, 2012

The most important person on the boat? THE COOK!

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerAs we near the end of this leg of the 2012 Gulf of Alaska Project summer survey, I wanted to thank the person that keeps us going, day in and day out. Penelope (Penny) Mallos cooks homemade dishes for every meal and surprises Read More

August 16, 2012

Young of the Year (YOY) Rockfish

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerUnlike our young-of-the-year focal cod species (walleye pollock and Pacific cod), larval rockfish are found in patchy aggregations. This may be due to their different reproductive strategies. Cod use a “spray and pray” technique, where males and females release their gametes into Read More

August 13, 2012

Where we catch salmon, we also catch…salmon sharks!

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerAs we have mentioned in the field notes before, we occasionally catch one of the North Pacific’s most efficient marine predators, the salmon shark (Lamna ditropis). This species of shark belongs to the family Lamnidae or Mackeral sharks. Sharks in this Read More