Northwest Fisheries Science Center

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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

Meet the day crew

By Sandy Parker-Stetter, Doug Draper, Allen Shimada, and Michael Gallagher
February 3, 2016

You’ve met the night crew, but what about the scientists who are staffing the wet lab during the day?  Over to you, Doug, Allen, and Mike!

Doug setting up the SBE.  Photo credit Rebecca Thomas (NWFSC)

Doug:  I’m a member of the NWFSC’s groundfish bottom trawl survey team, which annually charters commercial fishing vessels to collect independent fisheries data on the diversity of species found. Sometimes I like a break from counting our fish and participate in the hake survey to help count their fish, which is why I’m on the Bell M. Shimada right now with the Acoustic team’s first Winter Hake Survey to see what these fish are up to when it comes time to spawn.  I enjoy volunteering for the FEAT team because I get to see a different side of our organization and collaborate with some great people. It’s definitely a more relaxed pace than our bottom trawl survey, being mainly focused on just a single species.  I especially like the video of the trawls; you can really see some cool stuff!  And to top it off, Sandy and I just won our first cornhole game up on the flying bridge!

Allen on deck.  Photo credit Sandy Parker-Stetter (NWFSC)

Allen:  My day job is back at NOAA Fisheries headquarters in Silver Spring, MD where I have supported fishery-independent surveys and the development of fish stock assessment programs since the 1990’s. I’ve also contributed to the mission justification, budget appropriation, and acquisition of our current fleet of five Oscar Dyson-class fishery survey vessels to meet the at-sea data requirements of our six regional fisheries science centers.   So it’s a thrill to sail on this first ever winter hake survey, to be part of a great team of crew, officers and scientists.  After many years of going to sea I am especially grateful to be assigned the day shift and the lower bunk. 

Mike in the wet lab. Photo credit Sandy Parker-Stetter (NWFSC)

Michael:  I work for NMFS headquarters with the title “research platform coordinator.”  In addition to working to make sure the NOAA fleet of ships and aircraft is responsive to the needs of NMFS scientists, I also work on coordinating vessel and aircraft charters and NMFS’ nascent efforts with unmanned aircraft.  I sail on various fisheries missions because to do my job well, I need to stay apprised of the capabilities of fleet and charter assets, as well as how NMFS scientists use them.  I need to be aware of any shortcomings in the platforms available to our scientists and be able to communicate the same with NMFS, OMAO and industry people who can possibly address the shortcomings.  Right now is a particularly exciting time for me to document how we use platforms as I anticipate we will embark on a ship replacement program in the near future.

Tagged: Winter hake survey

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