Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 4

All in a Day's Work
       aboard the R/V Falkor
Lynn and Kelsey

The benefit of scheduling = both quantitative and qualitative accomplishments! The day started early with preparing the muster (area on boat designated for our longline fishing) for processing fish samples. As the fisheries team began this task, the CTD team began to prepare to cast the equipment to begin day four's transect. Dr. Wetz's team of students were prepared and given the opportunity to handle the lines for the CTD equipment and even helped to guide it back to the deck. Watch the video (to be loaded soon!) here to show just how impressive this feat was.

Raising the CTD from the last cast
In the afternoon, we decided to have our science at sea seminar early in order to accomplish more fishing at the next artificial reef. Immediately after the talk the CTD crew headed out to enjoy a lecture given by Dr. Matthew Ajemian on artificial reefs. The crew was interested to hear about this research and asked several engaging questions.

 At 4:00pm the fisheries team was given approval by the Captain to begin fishing at artificial reef site MI-712. After 4 drops at various locations the operation was done. We quickly paused for a quick bite and afterwards met back to resume the clean up process. Once all was clean we meet in the library to review the day and plan for the next.

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