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Fall Bottom Longline Survey Chronicles

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Giovanni Gianesin reflects on changing seasons, overcoming challenges, and catching a Saildrone in action during the Fall Bottom Longline Survey. The cruise marks a decade of cooperative research.
February 21, 2024 - Survey ,
Two people stand on the back of a boat next to each other posing for the camera. Each is holding a similarly sized flatfish Although we regularly encounter halibut on the Bottom Longline Survey, it is rare to catch two so close in size on the same effort. NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientific staff Ben Church and Giovanni Gianesin pose with such a pair. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Giovanni Gianesin

From Analyzing Data To Collecting It: Gaining Perspective as a Visiting Scientist

Michaela Kratofil, an Oregon State University Ph.D. student, was invited to be a visiting scientist in 2023. She shares her experience from the high seas collecting the field data that will ultimately go into her dissertation research.
February 16, 2024 - Survey ,
Micahela sits on a chair aboard a ship under a blue tent while two people observe the ocean on each side of her. Michaela Kratofil (center) on the flying bridge with visual observers. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Continuing to Follow Fenway: Her Southern Journey and New Calf

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Research fish biologist Heather Foley and others at our science center use drones to document and monitor endangered North Atlantic right whales in their calving grounds. This winter, they spotted Fenway and her new calf after her long trip from Canada.
February 14, 2024 - Survey ,
A North Atlantic right whale and her calf swim at the surface of the ocean. The perspective is from above and the water is calm.

Observing—Not Your Typical Job

Most people don’t commute 2.5 hours to meet a commercial fishing vessel in the middle of the night. They also don’t get to experience the amazing things at-sea monitor Kathleen Mager has. Read about one observer’s perfectly unconventional workday.
February 07, 2024 - Fisheries Observer ,
A blue-gloved hand holds a brown-spotted flatfish up so that it’s backlit by the sun. In the background is a calm ocean, fishing vessel lines, and a gull flying in a blue sky with a few clouds.

Daydreaming Of Parasites On The Bottom Trawl Survey

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Fishery biologist Dana Morton welcomes us to the weird and fascinating world of parasites and the stories they can tell us about the fish they infect.
February 05, 2024 - Survey ,
 Female scientist wearing orange jacket and black hat enters data on a computer screen while another scientist measures a fish. Scientists working up the catch at a sampling station. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Catherine Foley

Collaboration with Canada Strengthens Ocean Acidification Science

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

NOAA Fisheries continues to foster collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Postdoctoral researcher Sam Gurr recently went on an international exchange to advance research on the effects of ocean acidification on shellfish.
January 30, 2024 - Research ,
Female scientist standing to the left of a table containing fiberglass chambers with individual scallops. Male scientist standing to the right of the table. Both are pipetting to collect samples. A laboratory and whiteboard are in the background.

What We Read While At Sea

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Data quality specialist Liz Ouellette shares the top 12 books our Bottom Trawl Survey scientists read during the fall 2023 survey. From science and sci-fi, to linguistics and church history, there’s something for everyone!
January 25, 2024 - Survey ,
Old books on a bookshelf.

Following Fenway—A Right Whale’s Journey Through Aerial Surveys

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Marine mammal observer Alison Ogilvie and others regularly take to the skies to document and monitor endangered North Atlantic right whales, including a right whale named Fenway.
January 22, 2024 - Survey ,
A North Atlantic right whale swims at the surface of the ocean. It has expelled air through its blowholes causing a whale spout above its head.

A Bottom Trawl Survey Technician’s Job is Never Done

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Survey technician Justin DaSilva explains his work on the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow, from ocean floor mapping to biological and oceanographic sampling.
January 19, 2024 - Survey ,
Looking down on two bongo nets being lowered over the side deck of a research ship. The nets are made of fine mesh and shaped like a funnel. The end of the funnel is closed. A round metal ring at the top keeps the net open. The "bongo" plankton nets being deployed. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Adam Poquette

Surprising Sights and Wondrous Wildlife in the Gulf of Maine

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Field Biologist Emma Fowler shares some of her favorite moments from the fall 2023 Cooperative Gulf of Maine Bottom Longline Survey.
January 03, 2024 - Survey ,
wo commercial fishermen wearing foul weather gear, blue rubber gloves, and baseball hats smile ear-to-ear while one holds a large golden tilefish. The golden tilefish has a white underside and its dorsal side, head, and dorsal fin are flecked with yellow and gold tones. Captain Phil Lynch and mate Danny DeRose proudly displaying a golden tilefish they caught onboard the F/V Mary Elizabeth. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jacob Wilson