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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

On the Ice with Our Scientists Post #1

On the Ice with Our Scientists

NOAA Fisheries scientists conduct several regular surveys and field projects on seals that make their homes on Arctic sea ice to gather information to be used to manage these seal populations.
May 09, 2024 - Survey ,
A seal with dark black hair and a distinct white ribbon pattern resting on an ice floe in the sunshine with its head up and looking forward to the left. An adult male ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata) rests in the sunshine on an ice floe in the Bering Sea. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Josh M London Photo taken while working under authority of NMFS Research Permit #23858

Gearing up for the Big Show: NOAA Ship Gear Trials

While many hear of the exciting research and results that come after the completion of at-sea scientific missions, much is done ahead of time to ensure their success. Gear trials and training are all necessary leading up to the big show.
April 17, 2024 - Survey ,
Two researchers stand on each side of two bongo nets and inspect them while aboard a ship. Two researchers test bongo nets during a gear trial. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Life Aboard the Oregon II

An Inside Look at the 2023 Fall Groundfish Survey

Explore the unique challenges and camaraderie of life at sea on research expeditions.
April 09, 2024 - Survey ,
A series of polaroid pictures. Pictured left to right: a whiteboard with station numbers written on it, two volunteers counting fish species, the sunrise on the back of the research vessel, a volunteer taking the length measurement of a fish, a volunteer using a boat hook to pull up a line, and two volunteers in personal protective equipment

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

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.

The Importance of Conducting Groundfish Surveys

An Inside Look at the 2023 Fall Groundfish Survey

Biological and environmental data collected from the summer and fall groundfish surveys provide critical information to stock assessors and researchers.
March 04, 2024 - Survey ,
A white research vessel with a large crane arm hanging over the side and numerous orange baskets on deck sits in the water, moored on a concrete dock The Oregon II is used for fisheries, plankton, and marine mammal surveys within the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Hannah Shahmoradi

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