Blog on ocean conditions along the Newport Line and the northern CA Current.
Winter storms and large swells prevented us from sampling in January, so we were especially eager to sample out to NH-25 this week. With minimal winds and sunny skies, we headed out for the first trip of 2018.
Ocean conditions were typical of winter, with a well-mixed water column and fresh water signal at the surface from high river runoff.
A quick scan of the NH-5 bongo net sample showed plankton dominated by Chaetognaths, smaller copepods and Calanus of various stages, and larval decapods. This is to be expected of wintertime samples- smaller copepods and lower densities.
Pyrosomes, a name growing in familiarity along our coast, were numerous from NH-5 out to NH-25 (from 5 to 25 nautical miles from shore). The largest individuals were collected in our nets at the farthest offshore station and numerous individuals were spotted floating at the surface.
Tagged: NH Line