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Props to Another Bottom Longline Survey Trip in the Books!

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Large swells, bad jokes, glorious sunsets, a persistent blue shark, and a lost boat prop are just a few of field biologist Emma Fowler’s memorable moments during the fall Bottom Longline Survey aboard F/V Mary Elizabeth.
November 15, 2022 - Survey ,
A boat propeller lies on the ocean floor. It has a light dusting of sediment and a few encrusting organisms have attached to its surface.

Critters of the Twilight Zone

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

The dark and lovely critters of the mesopelagic zone, or ocean twilight zone, caught during the fall Bottom Trawl Survey aboard NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. At-sea blog from biological science technician Katie Rogers.
October 31, 2022 - Survey ,
 A profile perspective of a red fish with a large eye, pairs of leg-like appendages, and armor plate-like scales lying on a white table.

It’s the Little Things: Treasure from the NTAP Restrictor Rope Study

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Cooperative Research field biologist Emma Fowler blogs about her work aboard the F/V Darana R for the fall Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel restrictor rope trawl study.
October 24, 2022 - Survey ,
A close up of a gloved hand holding a fish. The fish is a cunner and its mouth is open and a row of pointy teeth along the top and bottom jaw can be seen.

Bottom Types and Record Numbers: Scallop Survey Finale

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

After some bad weather, we saw many kinds of seabeds and an encouraging number of young scallops
July 01, 2022 - Survey ,
A color image taken in a well-lit laboratory aboard a research vessel. Scientists sit in front of computer screens that are showing images captured by deployed cameras as well as the ship’s cruise track. Science crew annotating HabCam pictures while sheltering from inclement weather. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Christine Kircun

Scallop Survey "HabCamming" and "Round the Clock Dredging"

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

The final leg of the scallop survey yielded more HabCam images and some tiny critters.
June 30, 2022 - Survey ,
A color image taken at sunrise from the deck of a research ship. The water is calm and the rising sun’s light brightens the horizon at the image’s center. The waves were like glass during the night shift’s first sunrise.

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.