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Arctic Cruise in August


Throughout the month of August, Jessica Randall, part of the Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (FOCI) program with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, will be sending dispatches from the NOAA ship Ron Brown. The ship is conducting surveys in the U.S. Chukchi and Beaufort Seas to obtain baseline oceanographic data. Sampling is also being conducted at hotspots for productivity and biodiversity, known as Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) sites (for more information see:

This survey, in its fifth year of operations, is part of a multi-institutional effort to improve our understanding of arctic ecosystems.

September 3, 2015 - Creature Feature

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One of my very first pictures of marine life as a student in the Aquatic and Fishery Sciences program at the University of Washington.

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A variety of shrimp collected from the seafloor by the tucker trawl representing a range of sizes and colors.


One of the most abundant groups of benthic (living on/near the seafloor) invertebrates of the northern coast of Alaska are Crangonid shrimp. These crustaceans are most often found living on sand or muddy bottoms; substrate which is characteristic of much of the Chukchi Sea.

Perhaps the most well-known shrimp from this family is the common or brown shrimp, Crangon crangon, which is commercially harvested from the North Sea. In addition to their economic value, common shrimp are also ecologically important as benthic scavengers and as a significant prey item for cod and whiting.

This particular family of shrimp is one of my favorites. In addition to their distribution in Europe and Alaska, several species are also found along the west coast including in Puget Sound. I remember finding one on my first experience on a research vessel, the Centennial, out of Friday Harbor as a freshman in college. I always smile when I see them now, recalling the excitement of that first excursion at sea!

For more images of Crangonid shrimp, check out the poster created by NOAA – just like one I have hanging in my office back home.





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