Good Afternoon Everyone,
This will be the final update from the GU1608 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey. We have completed sampling at all of our stations in the three areas that were planned for this cruise: the Middle Atlantic Bight, Southern New England and Georges Bank. In addition to that, we’ve been able to even reach a few stations in the western Gulf of Maine region which are the target for Leg 2 of this survey. As a result, we have gathered a lot of data, and hundreds of samples which will be used to contribute to our understanding of the complex processes taking place in our marine environment on the east coast of the United States.
This success has been due to a number of factors, one of which has been excellent weather, which always plays a large role in determining the outcome of a survey. The biggest factor, to my mind however, has been the unrelenting support we, the scientific staff, have been shown by the command and crew of the Gordon Gunter. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that everything that could be done to provide the best possible outcome for this cruise, was done. This includes tweaking our cruise track to provide the most efficient route between points, to making sure our gear was deployed and retrieved safely, to keeping the winches and ship running smoothly to feeding us meals that are not just healthy but so appetizing that they were always something to look forward to with great anticipation!
Scientific staff from Leg 1 of the GU1608 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey:
Back row (left to right): John Loch, Chris Taylor, Tamara Holzwarth-Davis, Jerry Prezioso, and Jessica Lueders-Dumont. Front Row (left to right): Lauren Kittell-Porter, Zach Topor, and Bonny Clarke
Thank you all so much for having not just welcomed us aboard as staff, but as part of the on-board “family” of this vessel. We are very grateful and proud to have served alongside all of you on this scientific mission.
Jerry Prezioso and all the scientists from GU1608 Ecosystem Monitoring Survey