Today, February 16, finds us finishing up the Southern New England area, sampling at the last stations located in the eastern part of this region. After sailing north and out of a strong front that hit us around the Chesapeake Bay entrance, we made excellent progress on Valentine’s Day northward up to Southern New England waters. Another front came through with 40-knot winds just as we were working our way inshore from the shelf edge late last night and early this morning. By deploying a smaller array of just the large bongo nets, rather than the typical large and small bongo frame combination, we were able to keep working through the worst of it at two offshore stations. We are now picking up some inshore stations before turning back offshore and on out to Georges Bank, something we hope to be able to do early tomorrow.
Large bongo frame being deployed from the Henry B. Bigelow. Photo credit: Joe Bishop, EPA.
Large and small bongo array being deployed from the Henry B. Bigelow. Photo by Joe Bishop, EPA.
The vessel and crew continue to perform flawlessly, and there is an excellent rapport between the scientists, crew and command that is helping to make this trip much less of an ordeal despite the typical February cold and rough sea conditions. Our Third Mate Dana Mancinelli and Seabird Observer Holly Hogan went so far as to put out little Valentine cards and chocolate hearts to boost our spirits!
One of the Valentine cards and chocolate hearts passed out to the entire crew by Third Mate Dana Mancinelli and Seabird Observer Holly Hogan. Photo by Jerry Prezioso, NEFSC/NOAA Fisheries.