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2024 Bottom Trawl Survey in Photos

Ever wonder what life is like when your office is a large floating marine laboratory? Our photo gallery highlights some of the incredible sights and scenes from the 2024 Bottom Trawl Survey season.
April 22, 2024 - Photo Gallery ,
Sam Truesdell wears a baseball hat and a gray long sleeve shirt while standing on an upper deck of a research vessel at sea. He is standing behind a wooden sign “Henry B. Bigelow,” the ship’s name.

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.

From Survey to Stock Assessments—How Data Are Used

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

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.

Daydreaming Of Parasites On The Bottom Trawl Survey

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

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.

A Bottom Trawl Survey Technician’s Job is Never Done

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

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

2023 Field Fresh Blog Photo Gallery

2023 in photos: Our observers, interns, and scientists share field experiences through their blog photos.
January 03, 2024 - Photo Gallery ,
Metal longline hook and snap attached to fishing line laid on a measuring board. The hook has a curved shaft and body, and a sharp barb on its end. The snap resembles a large safety pin and is used to secure the baited hook and line to the mainline used to haul and deploy the gear.

Setting Sail on the First Leg of the 2023 Fall Bottom Trawl Survey

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

The net loft team standardizes, inspects, and repairs nets to ensure a scientifically sound survey.
December 04, 2023 - Survey ,
Two people wearing hard hats feed a green trawl net into a net reel on the deck of a white ship. A third person in a hard hat looks on. The crew of the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow loading a new trawl on the net reel. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

60 Species of Fish to Celebrate 60 Years of the Bottom Trawl Survey

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

National Systematics Lab research zoologist Katherine Bemis shares her team’s work and 60 of their favorite marine species in celebration of the Bottom Trawl Survey’s 60th anniversary.
November 29, 2023 - Survey ,
Two scientists stand in a lab taking photos of fish in a tank. There is a camera and lighting system set up. One scientist is adjusting the lighting on one side of the lab while the other scientist is on the other side of the lab in front of a laptop. Both scientists are looking at the laptop screen. National Systematics Lab team photographing fish during the fall Bottom Trawl Survey. Fish are placed in a phototank and images are taken using a camera controlled from a laptop. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Sabrina Dahl

Kicking Off The 60th Year Of The Fall Bottom Trawl Survey

Field Fresh Blog: Science in Motion

Our scientists calibrate and test systems during a 2-day cruise ahead of the fall Bottom Trawl Survey.
November 08, 2023 - Survey ,
The back deck of a ship sailing on blue water with the wake in the background on a cloudy day. A suspension bridge is visible in the distance. Setting sail out of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, to the first station of the 2023 Fall Bottom Trawl Survey. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Dom St. Amand