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RV New Horizon

Interested in volunteering for an oceanographic cruise? Volunteers are recruited to help deploy equipment, collect data, and draw & analyze seawater samples.
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CalCOFI 1801SH

RV Shimada

CalCOFI 1801SH • 25 Jan - 11 Feb 2018 • Load & setup 22-24 Jan 2018 (Mon-Wed) at 10th Ave Marine Terminal, San Diego • Offload 11-12 Feb 2018 San Francisco
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CalCOFI 1711SR

NOAA RV Bell M Shimanda

CalCOFI 1711SR  •  sailed on SIO RV Sally Ride Nov 09 & returned to San Diego 24Nov2017 (16 DAS); 74 stations were occupied, cruise summary & preliminary plots & data are available:
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CalCOFI conducts quarterly oceanographic cruises off California four times a year: winter, spring, summer, & fall. Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), and affiliate project scientists measure physical, chemical, and biological properties of the ocean off Southern & Central California at specific locations. Our current research ships include SIO's RV Sally Ride and NOAA vessels RV Reuben Lasker & FSV Reuben Lasker.

Current or Upcoming -

Cruise dates are subject to change so check back often

  • NOAA FSV Bell M Shimada2018 Schedule -

    • CalCOFI 1801SH • 25 Jan - 11 Feb 2018 Load & setup 22-24 Jan 2018 (Mon-Wed) at 10th Ave Marine Terminal, San Diego Offload 11-12 Feb 2018 San Francisco

    • CalCOFI 1804SH •  04 - 26 Apr 2018 (tentative dates, Wed-Thu; 23 DAS)    FSV Bell M Shimada   Load & Setup: 02-03 Apr 2018, 10th Ave Marine Terminal, San Diego  Offload 26-27 Apr 2018 San Francisco
    • CalCOFI 1806SR • 09 - 24 Jun 2018 (tentative dates, Sat-Sun; 16 DAS)    RV Sally Ride • Loading 07 (Thu) - 08 (Fri) Jun 2018 at Nimitz Marine Facility (MarFac) San Diego offloading Mon 25 Jun 2018 San Diego
    • CalCOFI 1810SR • 14 - 29 Oct 2018 (tentative dates, Sun-Mon; 16 DAS)    RV Sally Ride Loading 11 (Thu) - 13 (Sat) Oct 2018 at Nimitz Marine Facility (MarFac) San Diego • offloading 30 (Tue) Oct 2018 San Diego

Additonal Information:
      RV Sally Ride Info  |  RV Reuben Lasker Info  |  FSV Bell M Shimada Info

Completed 2017 Cruises -

CalCOFI quarterly cruises desired cruise window and acceptable start & end dates. Winter & Spring cruises typically include northern lines above Pt Conception. 

 Target Dates for CalCOFI Time-series Cruises
 Desired Windows  Acceptable Start - End Dates
 Winter: Jan 10 - 25  Jan 2 - Feb 22
 Spring: April 10 - 25  April 01 - May 22
 Summer: July 10 - 25  July 01 - Aug 22
 Fall: Oct 10 - 25  Oct 01 - Nov 22

 

Volunteers on CalCOFI
 

Opportunities to volunteer on CalCOFI Cruises in 2017-2018

  • Autumn CalCOFI cruise:  08 - 23 Nov 2017 on SIO RV Sally Ride; San Diego to San Diego
  • Winter CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Jan-Feb)
  • Spring CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Mar-Apr)
  • Summer CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Jul-Aug)
  • Autumn CalCOFI cruise: 2018: Dates TBD (usually Oct-Nov)

Please note that dates are subject to change.

Interested in participating in an oceanographic cruise? CalCOFI cruises are staffed by personnel from the following agencies: National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA), Integrative Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Volunteers are recruited to help deploy equipment, collect data, and draw and analyze seawater samples. General criteria:

  • sea-worthiness (experience at sea, recreational is acceptable)
  • good health; able to lift 50lbs
  • scientific background
  • ability to follow detailed instructions carefully
  • ability to work safely on an oceanographic cruise
  • availability - most cruises are 18 - 20 days; some winter & spring cruises are longer
  • able & willing to work a 12hr watch (noon to midnight or midnight to noon) for 18+ days
  • must have completed two years in college in the field of science

Additional information is available in the CalCOFI Handbook. If you are interested in participating, please send a resume and a detailed description of your seagoing experience and interests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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