Field Notes : Gulf of Alaska Project

October 1, 2013

Heading Back Early

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by Olav OrmsethOctober 1, 2013As I write this the boat is heading back to Juneau with our northern inshore sites still unsampled. Because of the government shutdown, we are having to stop all activities and return home. I haven't heard yet what the impact is to our offshore surveys, but Read More

September 25, 2013

Acoustic Work Perseveres Despite the Weather

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by Olav OrmsethSeptember 25, 2013Once again the weather is a major factor in conducting our inshore surveys. We just got done with three days of sampling in Salisbury Sound, the only place we could get to due to the storms on the outer coast. Despite constant rain ( but thankfully little wind) Read More

September 24, 2013

Beating the Weather not Beaten By It

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by Russ HopcroftSeptember 22, 2013We are now 11 days into the Eastern Gulf's fall cruise on the USFWS vesselTiglax.  Thus far, we are working under the opposite weather conditionsencountered in the spring, in that weather for the Gulf of Alaska grid hasbeen great, while weather during the Seward Line component has Read More

September 23, 2013

Fall Inshore

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By Olav Ormseth9/22/2013We are heading out of Juneau into a "storm force front" to begin our fall inshore surveys. With these conditions we are having to alter our itinerary, working our way through inside waters to Salisbury Sound so that we can avoid the 20+ seas that are currently battering Read More

September 19, 2013

Its Shark Week in the Flesh

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by Jamal Moss9/17/13Sampling of the Southeast grid is well underway and we have certainly encountered numerous sharks this fall, having captured 2 blue sharks and 8 salmon sharks. A commercial salmon troller off the cost of Yakobi Island confirmed high abundance this year, claiming that sharks have been responsible for damaging Read More

September 19, 2013

When Science vessel meets Science vessel…

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by Jamal Moss9/13/13The Northwest Explorer  crossed paths with the R/V Tiglax at station SEC30 this afternoon. It was exciting for both crews. R/V Tiglax towed the “iron fish” to measure iron content in the water while we deployed the surface trawl. Read More

September 16, 2013

Offshore Fishing

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September 15, 2013 by Casey  Debenham Welcome to the third research leg of GOAIERP, aboard the F/V Northwest Explorer. We have successfully sampled the both Kayak Island and Yakutat line, and are now working the offshore grid of the Southeast Alaska. Although we are enjoying some nice weather right Read More

August 19, 2013


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by Jeanette Gann8/8/2013   Scientists quickly measure a salmon shark before releasing it back into the water.More sharks!! This morning started out with part sun and calm seas. Our first surface trawl of the day caught a salmon shark, an unusual sight in our nets, but exciting! According Read More

August 18, 2013

Trials and Tribulations of a Purse Line

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by Olav OrmsethAugust 18, 2013Our chartered vessel, the Island C, is currently warming up its engines as we prepare to head for Izhut Bay.  We have been down in Kiliuda Bay for the last four days, and steamed in to Kodiak early this morning for water, supplies, and a Read More

August 13, 2013

Heading Out

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August 13, 2013Hello from Kodiak! As I write we are headed out to sea and I am trying to write this before we get out of range. We had our usual hectic 24 hours of prepping for the cruise (including fighting a faulty propane valve on the forklift, shifting our schedule to Read More