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November 9, 2011

MSTC Stewart (right) and MST1 Brittle (left) assist the scientists with the first net tow deployment.
MSTC Stewart (right) and MST1 Brittle (left) assist the scientists with the first net tow deployment.

Last week we bid farewell to HEALY’s Marine Science Officer, LT Chris Skapin, and IT1 Joanne Bingham!  We wish you fair winds and quartering seas! 

On Monday, after a week of rest and recovery in Seward, AK, we embarked eighteen scientists and departed for the final science mission of this year.  We will spend the next thirty-eight days studying the behavior of copepods. 

On Tuesday, in the Gulf of Alaska, we completed two net tow casts and the scientists retrieved samples of underwater micro-organisms such as Macrofauna, Plankton, and Copepods.  These initial samples will serve as a control group to compare with the Copepods that we will study from the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean.

Scientists examine the water column sample from the first net tow deployment.
Scientists examine the water column sample from the first net tow deployment.
CAPT Havlik pins the Coast Guard Achievement Medal on LT Skapinís uniform.
CAPT Havlik pins the Coast Guard Achievement Medal on LT Skapin’s uniform.
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