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Keep up on What’s Happening on the Alaska Fisheries Science Center
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 4, 2015 - Signing Off

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OSU/EcoFOCI Science party: (from left to right) Mike Wojahn, Maggie Buktenica, Nancy Williams, Jessica Randall, Adam Spear, Chief Scientist Nancy Kachel, Dave Kachel, Sean Bell, & Eric Wisegarver.

It has been a whirlwind of an adventure on the Ron Brown these past 4 weeks. We’ve powered through high winds and waves, carefully navigated through an icy maze, and sprinted from the Aleutians to the Beaufort and back. The last few days of transit were spent cleaning and packaging up all of our scientific and personal gear. Like any trip, some days you feel the pull of home and realize how long you’ve been away, but as we were disassembling the tucker on the fantail, it felt like just yesterday that we were putting it together.

The end of a voyage is always bittersweet. On the hand, everyone is excited for those first steps back on land; even if your mind may continue to experience the motion of waves and leave you with a case of "dock rock." To once again breathe in the smell of earth and feel the gratifying crunch of gravel or soft give of grass under your feet. To send a text message, pick up mail, or jump on a plane to connect with loved ones again after time away.

To the wonderful crew and officers of the Ron Brown, thank you all for a successful, smooth, and safe project. It has been a great experience working alongside your team for the past month. We’ve shared laughs over excellent meals and battled the elements together deploying the CTD’s and tucker. Thank you for your positivity, consistent resourcefulness when obstacles came up, and good company. We wish you safe travels on your transit to Seattle and hope you all enjoy some well-deserved R&R after a long season.

Until next time!


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