Getting Ready to Sail
In two weeks I’ll be pushing off from Galveston, Texas on board the NOAA shipOregon II to participate in a groundfish survey to assess the stocks of bottom dwelling species in the Gulf of Mexico. The government uses this data to regulate the fisheries in order to promote healthy stocks of different species and long term economic growth in the fishing industry. I’m not yet sure exactly what my daily responsibilities will be, but I’ll be working under the direction of the ship’s Chief Scientist to help with operations that might include trawls, bongos,neustons, and CTDs. The survey will be conducted from Galveston, Texas toPascagoula, Mississippi over the course of 16 days. I’m looking forward to learning a lot and seeing conditions in the Gulf. More to come!