R/V Sally Ride will attempt to occupy station locations between Morro Bay and La Jolla, California. The survey is an ongoing assessment of pelagic fish stocks and monitors environmental conditions within the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations survey area. Researchers will conduct continuous underway sampling of surface waters; temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, and various other meteorological data will be logged for future assessment. Researchers will record profiles throughout the duration of the cruise with an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler. The survey will also measure optical profiles within the California Bight, including pigment concentration and particle absorption.
October 26, 2018
R/V Sally Ride completed the fall California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations survey and arrived on Monday, October 29, at the Nimitz Marine Facility. Consistent with traditional fall surveys, the ichthyoplankton samples were low in abundance although SSTs were abnormally high for this time of year. For the most part weather conditions were favorable throughout the majority of the survey although the last couple of lines we occupied witnessed the inevitable California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations conditions of 20 to 25-knot winds and 8 to 10-foot seas. Conditions which were no problem for the R/V Sally Ride and her crew.
October 19, 2018
The current fall California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations survey aboard the R/V Sally Ride began its second week of work making excellent progress. Offshore conditions continue to be anomalously warm (SSTs) for October. By Friday afternoon the crew completed 24 of the scheduled 75 stations as they headed inshore on line 90. All operations have been running smoothly and the weather has been very cooperative. The Sally Ride is scheduled to return to San Diego on October 29.
October 15, 2018
On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the SIO R/V Sally Ride departed from the Nimitz Marine Facility to begin the fall California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations survey. The ship will return on October 29, 2018. The fall survey occupies the core six transect lines within the Southern California Bight covering 75 station locations. With the Sally Ride transitioning next year to a global research platform, this will most likely be the last time that the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations group will enjoy this amazing ship.
To follow along with the group on Twitter or to find out more about the survey, please check out the official CalCOFI website.