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Acoustic and trawl adventures in the Northeast Pacific

This portal tracks the research and sea-going activities of the Fisheries Engineering and Acoustic Technologies (FEAT) Team from NOAA¿s Northwest Fisheries Science Center.  Follow us as we use acoustics, trawling, and oceanographic sampling to learn about the Northeast Pacific Ocean.

Back deck of Bell M. Shimada
Acoustic echogram of hake
trawl catch

The winter hake survey begins

By Sandy Parker-Stetter
January 12, 2016

On January 9 we left the dock aboard the NOAA Ship Bell M Shimada to start leg 1 of the winter hake spawning survey.  Scientific equipment and personal gear were all tied down before we left.  We knew that, once we crossed “the bar” (the point where the shallow waters of Yaquina Bay meet the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean),  that we would encounter large swells and everything that wasn’t secured would be in motion.  We were right, but fortunately we did a good job of tying everything down!

We have a great scientific party for leg 1 of the survey - the Acoustics Lab and survey epicenter are staffed by Sandy Parker-Stetter (Chief Scientist), Steve de Blois (Field Party Chief) and Dezhang Chu (Acoustic Wizard) of the NWFSC.  The Wet Lab is under the all-star control of Victor Simon (Lead Biologist, day), Pete Frey (Lead Biologist, night), Cassandra Donovan, Kayleigh Somers, Aaron Chappell, and Nick Tolimieri, all of NWFSC.  The Chem Lab is in full-swing with Anthony Odell (UW) and Ben Simpson (Highline College) doing Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs), phytoplankton, and bacterial sampling.

We’ve just started our acoustic, zooplankton, oceanographic, and HABs sampling off Newport and we’ll use upcoming posts to discuss the survey goals, our sampling, and what we’re seeing.  Stay tuned. 


The science party for leg 1 of the winter hake survey aboard the NOAA Ship Bell M Shimada. (Photo credit Lawrence Hufnagle, NOAA, NWFSC, FRAM)

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