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Field Notes : Gulf of Alaska Project

August 11, 2012

Pinks and Chums

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerOur salmon catches on the Western Gulf of Alaska grid consist mostly of juvenile pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) and adult, both immature and mature, chum salmon (O. keta). The pink salmon is known as the “humpy” salmon due to the Read More

August 9, 2012

Pacific cod and walleye pollock

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Pacific cod and walleye pollockBy Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerLast month, the narrow continental shelf in the Southeast Gulf of Alaska grid produced adequate catches of rockfish and arrowtooth flounder. In contrast, the wide shelf in the Western Gulf of Alaska grid has been producing large catches Read More

August 5, 2012

Spiny Dogfish

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerSpiny dogfish and pupsWe have completed sampling the Yakutat Bay and Kayak Island transects with little success catching our focal fish species. This region has produced moderate to large catches of spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias), which continues the trend that began in Read More

August 3, 2012

Here we go again…

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Survey Grid for Leg 2 of the 2012 field season surveyBy Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerThe 2nd Gulf of Alaska Project survey of 2012 has begun! We have two more graduate students joining us for this leg of the survey: Fletcher Sewall and Shari Mullen. The Northwest Explorer left Juneau Read More

July 20, 2012

Until Next Time

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwestern ExplorerWe are finishing up the first cruise of the 2012 GOAIERP survey, and I am happy to say that this science crew was not only the most efficient group we have had, but also the most pleasant to work with. Thanks to Elizabeth Read More

July 19, 2012

Observing Marine Mammals

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwestern ExplorerNot only has the science crew been busy on deck sorting fish, but our Marine Mammal and Seabird Observer has been recording sightings (or absence of sightings) 12 hours a day. With the Fairweather mountain range in view, it’s not too bad Read More

July 19, 2012

Return of the Daggertooth

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwestern ExplorerWe once again encountered the Pacific Daggertooth, this time with a full stomach. It’s not clear if it swallowed the juvenile Chinook salmon before or after being trapped in the net. It is clear, however, that the Dagertooth has a big Read More

July 16, 2012

Pink Salmon Stealing Our Catch

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwestern ExplorerOur net is not the only thing in the Gulf of Alaska trying to catch larval rockfish and arrowtooth flounder. Adult pacific salmon, a piscivorous (fish-eating) predator, will also consume our species of interest when they find them. The pink salmon shown Read More

July 14, 2012

Success Offshore!

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwestern ExplorerJamal and I had hypothesized that occupying stations farther offshore would increase our focal fish catch, and the last few days have strongly supported that hypothesis! From 40 miles out, we consistently encounter larval arrowtooth flounder (ATF), larval rockfish, and young of the Read More

July 12, 2012

The Scenic Views

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwestern ExplorerHere are a couple of quick pictures of the views we get from the survey. Mount Edgcumbe just outside of Sitka was a familiar sight.If you could stay awake after a long day, the sunset proved spectacular. Maybe influenced by the Read More