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Requesting Samples from the Groundfish and Shellfish Assessment Surveys

The RACE Groundfish and Shellfish Assessment Programs annually receive and accommodate numerous sampling requests for the collection of biological specimens and instrument data during our bottom trawl surveys.

As a federal government research program responsible for annual offshore surveys of finfish and invertebrate resources, we strive to assist internal and external investigators whenever possible.

During each of these surveys, we maintain a prioritized list of biological sampling, and accepted internal and external requests will be incorporated into the overall cruise priorities.

All collection requests should be submitted via our electronic collection request form. Please contact RACE.Surveycollections@noaa.gov for a link to the sample request form. Prior to submitting a request, please review our program submission process requirements, and restrictions and the sample request questionnaire.

After submission, you will receive an automated email reply indicating that your request has been successfully submitted. Your request will be evaluated relative to other sampling priorities and you will be contacted directly if there are questions associated with the request. If your request is approved, every effort will be made to secure the requested samples. However, because of survey contingencies, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.

The deadline for requests is February 10, 2017.


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