Blog on ocean conditions along the Newport Line and the northern CA Current.
We've just returned from a 6-day trip aboard the R/V Bell M. Shimada. We had a rough go of it, with 40-kt winds and 16-20 foot swells that hampered our sampling and sleeping efforts. Despite the weather, we sailed to down to Crescent City and managed to hit most of our important stations, including sampling 200 nm out on the Newport Line. It was never a dull moment with a variety of projects happening day and night. Scientists were monitoring HABs along transects, observing marine mammals, and trawling for commercially important fishes. And of course, CTD casts and plankton tows.
The ocean was well-mixed at most stations because of the winter storms. Pyrosomes were collected at offshore stations, greater than 15 nm, from Crescent City to Newport.