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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

Highlights from leg 2

By Sandy Parker-Stetter and leg 2 scientists
February 7, 2016

I again asked each of the scientists to provide a highlight, something funny, or something that was interesting to them scientifically.  Just as the leg 2 scientists are a very diverse a group in terms of experience, our answers are just as diverse!

Allen:  "Two days and a wake-up," and time to readjust to daily life on land.  Sorry to be leaving, hope to be back.  This winter hake survey may have enough legs/fins to become an annual thing.  Males outnumber female hake, it would be great to see the flip-side of this and figure things out.

Anthony:  1.) Probably spending more time in my taxonomy books looking for phytoplankton species that are unknown to me than when I first got into phytoplankton taxonomy 17 years ago. 2.) The smooth sailing we have had compared to the bumpy first leg.  I am sleeping like a baby and the work is much easier.  And 3.) The fact the already amazing food onboard has gotten even better(?)!!! I didn’t think it was possible, but Cliff and Randy are gourmet chefs and have kicked it into overdrive.  Meals have become the highlight of my day!  I am very thankful for all of the above.

Ben:   Highlights of leg two have to be the California sunrises and the stack of recipes that I put together for when I get home.

Carlos:  There are a lot of memorable moments in the winter survey but I definitely have two favorites.  First, when the Acoustics Team shared with me their knowledge and experience, I am amazed by the way that they can detect the aggregations of hake and how clean the trawls are.  Second, was to advance all the way to the cornhole championship with my teammate “The Hood.”  Let’s go team!!  I would like to thank all crew and scientists for showing me such a good example of well-coordinated teamwork!

Doug:  I really enjoyed working with a diverse group of people, while sharing knowledge and experiences, to achieve a common goal.  Playing cornhole in the sun up on the flying bridge was definitely a highlight, and winning some games was fun too!  Lastly, the food was great; thanks Cliff and Randy!

Jenni:  I really enjoyed getting to steam so close to the Channel Islands and observing all the wildlife around them, dolphins, whales and different birds.

Lucy the Lucky:  I liked getting into trouble when Rebecca wasn’t around.

Michael:  As someone who is well aware of the difficulties of recruiting, training and retaining good people to operate NOAA vessels, I am very pleased to see and work with the quality crew we have aboard Shimada right now.

Rebecca:  Before the survey, we spent a lot of time on historic data analysis and speculation on where we might or might not find hake.  It is so exciting for me to get out here, actually find hake aggregations, and learn more that we just didn't know about what hake do and where they go in the winter.   Love it!  Oh yeah, and not having to cook or do dishes :-)

Sandy:  My biological highlight wasn’t something we saw, but what we didn’t – based on historical observations, we thought that we’d find high numbers of hake in Southern California, but did not.  Personal highlight was watching science party, from all different backgrounds, come together so quickly and make it look so very easy.  You guys rock.

Tom:  Counting all the hake even though it was unnecessary.   Working up samples while the most of the West Coast sleeps.  Quickly weighing molas so we can get them back in the water (for you Vanessa, swim little buddies!).  Watching video taken from the camera in the cod end, seeing things zip by, and trying to identify them.  Working with the best night shift ever, thanks Carlos and Jenni.

Carlos and an ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  Photo credit Tom Holland (NWFSC)
Stern of the Bell M. Shimada with California in the distance.  Photo credit Sandy Parker-Stetter (NWFSC)

Tagged: Winter hake survey

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