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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

Winter Hake Leg 2

By Sandy Parker-Stetter
January 27, 2016

Leg 2 of the winter hake survey left beautiful San Francisco on January 26.  We’ll pick up the survey where leg 1 left off, just north of Monterey Bay, CA, and continue to work our way south toward San Diego.  Reports from our colleagues on the NOAA Ship Rueben Lasker suggest that the hake may be more mature, and some may even be spawning, in the survey area where we’ll be next working.

Sailing board for the Shimada with our 26 January sailing!  Photo credit Rebecca Thomas (NWFSC)


Going under the Golden Gate Bridge.  Photo credit Sandy Parker-Stetter (NWFSC)

We’re fortunate to have another superstar science party on board. The Acoustics Lab (aka Mission Control) is staffed by Rebecca Thomas (Acoustic Phenom), Steve de Blois (Field Party Chief), Sandy Parker-Stetter (Chief Scientist), and Lucy the Lucky (a stuffed duck who is secretly in charge of this whole operation, sent to sea by Rebecca’s daughters). The Wet Lab will continue to run like a well-oiled machine under the care of Doug Draper (Lead Biologist, day), Tom Holland (Lead Biologist, night), Allen Shimada, Mike Gallagher, Carlos Godinez-Perez, and Jenni Hood. In the Chem Lab, Anthony Odell (University of Washington) and Ben Simpson (Highline College) will again work their magic in sampling for harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), phytoplankton, and bacteria. 

Weather looks good for next few days and we’re looking forward to seeing whether the hake have started to spawn in southern CA. The science party on leg 1 left with lots of interesting biological questions (Why are hake found at these locations? Is temperature a factor in how close they are to spawning condition? Will we find larger fish in southern CA?) and on leg 2 we’ll gather more information to help generate some answers.

Tagged: Winter hake survey

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