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Field Notes : Gulf of Alaska Project

August 2, 2011

Surviving the Gauntlet

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by Wyatt Fournier from the Northwest Explorer The Second Leg of the 2011 Summer Survey in the Western Gulf of Alaska has begun! Once again, researchers and students from Alaska and Washington State are onboard the F/V Northwest Explorer conducting surface trawls with concurrent oceanography and acoustic profiling. Read More

July 20, 2011

Rafts of Albatrosses

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by Veronica Padula from the Northwest Explorer Black-footed albatross.I boarded the F/V Northwest Explorer on July 8th to relieve Leslie Slater, and have experienced beautiful weather and have observed numerous seabirds ever since. Rafts of black-footed albatrosses and northern fulmars float on the water behind the ship Read More

July 15, 2011

Thresher Shark!

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by David McGowan from the Northwest Explorer Thresher shark.Today, we experienced quite a surprise in the last surface trawl of the day – a 15-ft thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus). This large male specimen encountered in our haul shatters the published record, and is most likely the furthest north this Read More

July 15, 2011

Record Salmon Return

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by Jamal Moss from the Northwest Explorer Dr. Jamal Moss holding a pink salmon. Photo by David McGowan.We haven’t encountered many of our target species thus far, which may be due to distribution further offshore this year. In order to rule out this possibility, we will be Read More

July 11, 2011

Midwater Trawls

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by Jamal Moss from the Northwest Explorer This morning we performed a mid-water trawl immediately after the first surface trawl of the day. Our goal was to sample a layer of acoustic targets at 200m. We have observed this layer consistently in the deeper portions of the survey. The Read More

July 9, 2011

Spring Bloom

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by Jamal Moss from the Northwest Explorer Mt. Edgecumbe appears above the clouds.Fair weather and calm seas today… Majestic Mt. Edgecombe peeked through the clouds at us as we stepped out on deck this morning. A handful of us stayed up late last night watching Gladiator, and as Read More

July 7, 2011

Calm After the Storm

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by Jamal Moss from the Northwest Explorer David Barbee and our cook Alex playing ukulele behind the wheelhouse.Sunshine brought smiles today… and eventually tee-shirts and sunglasses.  Read More

July 6, 2011

Oceanography in Stormy Seas

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by Kerri Fredrickson from the Northwest Explorer I’m an oceanographer on the first leg of the Gulf of Alaska Project summer cruise on the NW Explorer. I’ve been deploying the CTD to obtain a vertical profile (see illustration) of the water column to show us how physical Read More

July 4, 2011

Fourth of July

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by Jamal Moss from the Northwest ExplorerToday we woke up to a pleasant surprise of red (strawberry),white (whipped cream), and blue (blueberry) crepes; masterfully created by Alex our cook. And with rumors of an impromptu fireworks show with expired flares floating around today, it’s shaping up to be Read More

July 2, 2011

Setting Sail!

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by Jamal Moss from the Northwest ExplorerWe’re off! We threw the lines after conducting safety drills this morning and began our 20-hour steam south to our first sampling station, which is located just south of Whale Bay off the coast of Baranof Island. Shortly after getting underway, we had Read More