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Field Notes : Gulf of Alaska Project

July 11, 2012

Juvenile Pacific Salmon

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By Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerOur third new science crew member for this leg is Brian Beckman of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in the Resource Enhancement Utilization Technology Division (REUTD). Brian is on board to continue his studies of juvenile Pacific salmon which are Read More

July 10, 2012

Time to Get Some Work Done

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by Wyatt Fournier, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerOkay, now that the lead scientists are finally off the boat, it’s time to get some work done! I have come aboard to relieve Jamal and have brought two fresh science crew members. Mike Neary is our seabird and marine mammal Read More

July 10, 2012

End of the line

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerWell… an exciting and enjoyable week at sea is coming to an end. The signature electric pulse is running through us as we cram load after load of laundry in the washer, tidy up workstations, and proof data. Chatter of where and Read More

July 9, 2012

Live-box sampling

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerUnfortunately, we have disappointing news to report on age-0 rockfish collections. After much effort we only have a few live rockfish onboard. The individuals we encountered were very small and our gear was too large to efficiently capture them. We’ll give Read More

July 6, 2012

GOAIERP Cruise Crew Intercepts Tsunami Debris

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By Leslie Slater, US Fish & Wildlife Service, on the Northwest ExplorerThis afternoon, sixty miles offshore under a gray sky and cutting through choppy, rolling seas, we encountered a surprise  -- a large, black buoy drifting near our transect line.  Being the only man-made object seen since we Read More

July 6, 2012

Aliens

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerWe captured a few of the Phronima Hyperrid amphipods on which the creature from the Aliens movie are based. One of the specimens captured was a momma surrounded by her brood. She was surprisingly similar to one in the movie and almost Read More

July 4, 2012

Fireworks

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerAfter a long day’s work (and notifying the USCG) we gathered behind the wheelhouse to set off expired flares.Fireworks Read More

July 4, 2012

Sablefish soup

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerDay one of sampling and so far we’ve only encountered one juvenile sablefish… unfortunately, it was in the belly of a Chrysaora melanaster :(Sablefish Read More

July 3, 2012

Sea creatures

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerWe caught a Pacific daggertooth on the last net tow tonight. An oddly shaped critter with a head like a barracuda, one centrally located row of large sharp teeth on the upper jaw, and smooth delicate iridescent skin. Way cool! We also Read More

July 3, 2012

Up all night, sleep all day

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By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest ExplorerA bleary eyed Russ ‘Slaughter’ Hopcroft could be found bumping into walls this morning… Yesterday we received error messages during test deployments of the water sampler. Through the process of elimination it was determined that the issue must be related to a Read More