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Live Long and Prosper! When it Comes to Shark Surveys, Longevity Matters

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Michelle Passerotti, new chief scientist of the Coastal Shark Bottom Longline Survey, shares insights from the Atlantic shark survey that has tagged and released more than 10,000 sharks over 35 years.
May 10, 2024 - Survey ,
A small gray shark sits atop a measuring board with a blue numbered tag attached to its dorsal fin. A scientist’s hand lightly touches the shark's head above the eyes. A scientist tags a neonate sandbar shark with a blue rototag during the Delaware Bay COASTSPAN survey. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Burgers for Breakfast in the Northwest Atlantic

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Kathryn Ford shares her routine on the day watch of the spring bottom trawl survey, as well as her favorite fish species to catch.
March 29, 2024 - Survey ,
The back deck of the NOAA ship Henry Bigelow with a large green net and winch and the ocean in the background.

The Birds Are Back in Town

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Research fishery biologist Katey Marancik participated in the winter 2024 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey and was treated to sea bird species she normally doesn’t see during the spring or fall surveys. Puffins and loons and scoters—oh, my!
March 27, 2024 - Survey ,
A small black and white bird with a bright orange beak swims on the ocean’s surface.

From Survey to Stock Assessments—How Data Are Used

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Fish biologist Jessica Blaylock walks us through what kinds of data she and other survey scientists collect during the Bottom Trawl Survey and how that data is used in stock assessments.
March 25, 2024 - Survey ,
A large trawl net full of fish is being emptied into a metal box on the back deck of a research vessel at sea. In the background are two scientists wearing hard hats, foul weather gear, and life vests on the back deck.

Fall Bottom Longline Survey Chronicles

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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

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.

Daydreaming Of Parasites On The Bottom Trawl Survey

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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

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

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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