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EcoMon 2022 Concludes, A Great Success

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Good weather, trusted scientific gear, a superb NOAA ship, and stellar scientists, command, and crew helped make the spring 2022 Ecosystem Monitoring (EcoMon) Survey a success!
June 27, 2022 - Survey ,
Color image taken on the deck of a research vessel during daylight. Two young women in foul weather gear and floatation vests crouch by a steel frame containing a series of bottles holding seawater samples. One woman holds a clear glass bottle that is connected by a hose to one of the bottles holding the sample. She is removing the water for further analysis. Catrina Nowakowski (University of Rhode Island), left, and Eve Butterworth (Wellesley College) draw seawater samples from a Niskin bottle. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jerry Prezioso

Ecomon Survey Dodges Storms, Keeps on Sampling

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Despite multiple weather issues, we’re meeting our sampling and research goals.
June 22, 2022 - Survey ,
A woman in foul weather gear and an orange flotation vest stands on the ship’s deck. She holds a brightly-colored drifter buoy that is round, plump, and about the size of a beach ball. Catrina Nowakowski prepares to launch her buoy from the deck of the NOAA Ship Henry Bigelow. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jerry Prezioso

Collecting Environmental DNA Samples on the 2022 Spring Ecosystem Monitoring Survey

Planning a sea-going research cruise since the pandemic started has been difficult, and at times impossible, so it is exciting to get back out on the ocean again.
June 17, 2022 - Survey ,
 A color image taken on the ship's deck in fair weather at night. At center, three people remove water samples from bottles held in  an open, metal, cylindrical frame about 8 feet high. The bottles are cylindrical, opaque, and look like scuba air tanks.

EcoMon Survey Is Back–And Busier Than Ever

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Leg 1 recovers from a COVID stumble to forge on with a full crew and scientific complement.
June 15, 2022 - Survey ,
A color image taken on a sunny day. A large light colored ship with “NOAA” on the hull, The ship’s anchor is stowed midway up the bow, and rusty water has streaked from it down the hull. The ship’s bridge is visible along with cranes and pulleys mounted to the deck.  The water is calm and there are a few wispy clouds in the sky.

Small Fish and Lobster Fascinate on 2022 Spring Bottom Trawl Survey

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

It’s just Leg 1 and Mother Nature has already awed our biology crew.
April 08, 2022 - Survey ,
A color image. A fish is laid on its side on a light colored background. The fish is nearly rectangular, but rounded at the head and tail. Its body depth is consistent, narrowing slightly where it attaches to the stubby tail.  Its head has a steep profile, a prominent, button-like eye, and a small mouth close to the base of the head. The body is light colored, with pastel colored, irregular stripes.

Gulf of Maine Yields Brilliant and Iridescent Finds

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Always something to catch the eye, continuing the journey.
December 02, 2021 - Survey ,
Small dark fish with large eye, held on its side in one hand

What Makes a Bird a Seabird?

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

To join the seabirds, a species needs more than a liking for the beach.
September 22, 2021 - Survey ,
In the foreground, there’s a dark bird with bright patches of color its shoulders perched on a light colored vent funnel. It is a sunny day and the ocean is in the background.