NOAA Teacher at Sea
Aboard NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada
July 2, 2018 – July 10, 2018
Today begins a nine day NOAA research cruise on NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada. Presently, we’re docked in San Francisco and will head out the gate at 0900 tomorrow. I’m really excited to be part of a team of 12 scientists and specialists conducting research in the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. I plan to blog often (connectivity permitting) throughout the journey and to share the details of our work.
A bit about the ship- NOAA ship Bell M Shimada was commissioned by NOAA in 2010. Her home Port is Newport Oregon, and she supports research activities on the West Coast of the United States. She’s 209 feet long and weighs 2479 tons, has a cruising range of 13,800 miles and travels at 11 knots (12.6 mph). Shimada is an impressive vessel and is uniquely capable of conducting fisheries, oceanographic research and hydrographic studies. She is considered to be one of the most advanced fisheries research vessels in the world. Her stern looks very similar to a commercial fishing vessel and is capable of deploying large trawling nets for research to depths of 3,500 meters (11,483 feet). Shimada uses specialized acoustic quieting technology developed by the U.S. Navy to monitor fish populations without disturbing the fish and altering their behavior. She also has a Scientific Sonar System, used to measure the biomass of fish populations in a survey area. Her acoustic profiling system enables scientists to gather data on ocean currents and provides information on the content of the water column and the topography of the seafloor. In addition to sending out smaller sampling nets, longlines, and fish traps she can also deploy instruments to measure the electrical conductivity (used to determine salinity), temperature, depth (CTD) and chlorophyll fluorescence of sea water. You can learn more about the ship here: https://www.omao.noaa.gov/learn/marine-operations/ships/bell-m-shimada/about
It’s a delight and an honor to be part of the ACCESS research team on NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada.