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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

Comfort food

By Sandy Parker-Stetter, NWFSC
January 17, 2017

Food is an important part of being at sea. You’re probably tired, you might be wet (or smell fishy), and you could even be sea sick. However, if you walk into the Mess and a certain food is there, things seem better.

I asked crew and scientists about their at-sea comfort food, and here’s what I heard:

  • Ice cream (multiple votes)
  • Chocolate (multiple votes)
  • Cheesecake
  • Pretzels
  • Cheetos
  • Beef Stew
  • Chili
  • Curry
  • Soup
  • Gumbo (Cajun)
  • Clam Chowdah
  • Lasagna
  • Pizza with homemade sausage
  • Corn bread
  • Tacos (in general)
  • Fish tacos (specifically)
  • Breakfast burritos
  • Anti-nausea medications

When the weather picks up, as it is for us now, the more liquid-y of these comfort foods (soup, stews, etc) become a challenge to carry across the Mess Deck.

Snack Center
Photo credit: Sandy Parker-Stetter (NWFSC)

The photo shows the epicenter for snacks on the ship (including the ice cream stash!). During certain times of day, particularly if the Galley has been baking, this can be a busy place.

Tagged: Hake, Acoustics, Winter hake research, FEAT, FRAM, Oceanography, Ecosystem, California Current Large Marine Ecosystem, CCLME, El Niño, La Niña, Climate

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