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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

Winter Sets The Ocean’s Clocks

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Research fishery biologist Katey Marancik shares how the data she and others collected during the winter 2024 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey are an important starting point for understanding the ocean’s clock for the year.
April 10, 2024 - Research ,
A large piece of ocean water sampling gear sits on the side deck of a research vessel while at sea. The ocean is choppy and the sunrise is peeking through the clouds. A choppy morning during the winter 2024 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Katey Marancik

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.

A Food Blog For Planktivores

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Research fishery biologist Katey Marancik participated in the winter 2024 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey sampling plankton. While eating in NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow’s galley, she wondered, “What would a planktivore food blog look like?” So she created one.
March 14, 2024 - Research ,
Three people face the camera at a dinner table with a NOAA logo table cloth. Each person has a plate of food in front of them on the table and a smile on their face.

Welcome Back, Winter EcoMon

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Winter survey season is not for the faint of heart! Research fishery biologist Katey Marancik participated in the winter 2024 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey (EcoMon) and shares the literal ups and downs of trying to get to the survey vessel and out to sea.
March 13, 2024 - Research ,
A person wearing a winter jacket, knit hat and a life jacket stands on the side of a boat taking a photo of another boat with their cell phone.

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

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.