Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bold cruise-day 1

On the Bold again.  So glad to finally be out after three days lost due to Hurricane Irene.  We're currently several miles north of the Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine.  Steve Voss and I are out here with folks from EPA, NOAA, UNH, NH Fish and Game, and Army Corps.  We're investigating potential offshore disposal sites for dredged sediment from harbors and better characterizing Jeffrey's Ledge to improve maps used in fisheries management.


Even though it has been 14 months since I was last on board, there are many of the same faces on the crew.  The first day is a flurry of activity-getting equipment loaded, unpacked, and set up, safety briefings, and crew meetings.  The first station was just after lunch (manicotti and broccoli-feta puffs with carrots and salad).  It was on my watch, but quite a few other people were around to watch and learn how to do the work.  We're doing 8 stations with a sediment profile imaging camera (SPI).  Then we'll head to a few stations to do some sidescan sonar work, and we'll end the cruise with a couple of days of video sampling on Jeffrey's.
I'm on the 10-2 watch.  We have enough people to have three watch teams, so I'll be on from 10am to 2pm (1000 to 1400 in ship time) and again from 10 pm to 2 am (2200-0200).  When to sleep?  Most likely an aftenoon/evening nap, but the "real" sleep from 2:30am to 9:30am.  That means I'll miss the yummy breakfasts, but there's always cereal, snacks, fruit, etc!

When not on watch, I have several podcasts to catch up on, a history of the fisheries of the Gulf of Maine to read, and several work-related projects I optimistically brought with me.  There are more books and movies in the library, plus a gym too.  And steel beach of course!

Leaving Portsmouth, NH

Out at sea (picture taken with tablet)

SPI camera

Lab set-up for SPI

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