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I.              Cruise Overview 

            I.A.      Cruise Period

                        I.A.1.   23 March 2010 – 17 May 2010


            I.B.      Operating Area

I.B.1.   US/Mexican border to San Francisco with variable transect lengths (please refer to Appendix 1 for detailed plot).

 

            I.C.      Summary of Objectives

 

Survey the distributions and abundances of pelagic fish stocks, their prey, and their biotic and abiotic environments in the area of the California Current between San Diego and San Francisco, California.

The following are specific objectives for leg I and II (Daily Egg Production Method, DEPM) and leg III (Spring CalCOFI).

 

Legs I and II (DEPM): 

I.C.1. Continuously sample pelagic fish eggs using the Continuous Underway Fish Egg Sampler (CUFES). The data of Pacific sardine eggs will be used to allocate additional Pairovet samples to estimate the daily egg production of Pacific sardine. The Pairovet samples will be also taken at predetermined stations.  Both samples from CUFES and Pairovet  will  be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of spawning sardine, anchovy and mackerel and other species. 

I.C.2. Continuously sample multi-frequency acoustic backscatter using the Simrad EK60. The data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of coastal pelagic  fishes (e.g., sardine, anchovy, and mackerel) and krill species. 

I.C.3. Sample selected aggregations of fish and zooplankton which have been observed acoustically. These data will be used to identify the sound scattering species and their sizes.

I.C.4 Sample fish near the surface at nighttime by conducting 2-5 surface trawls at stations (Appendix 2) or at random sites each night. The data will be used to estimate the reproductive parameters, distributions and demographics of sardine, anchovy and mackerel.

I.C.5. Continuously sample profiles of currents using the RDI/Teledyne Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler.

I.C.6. Continuously sample sea-surface temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll-a using a thermosalinograph and fluorometer. These data will be used to estimate the physical oceanographic habitats for target species.

I.C.7. Continuously sample air temperature, barometric pressure, and wind speed and direction using an integrated weather station.

I.C.8. Sample profiles of seawater temperature and salinity using a CTD with water-sampling rosette and other instruments at prescribed stations.

I.C.9. Sample plankton using a CalBOBL (CalCOFI Bongo) at prescribed stations. These data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of ichthyoplankton and zooplankton species.

I.C.10. Sample plankton using a Manta (neuston) net at prescribed stations. These data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of ichthyoplankton species.

I.C.11. Sample the vertically integrated abundance of fish eggs using a Pairovet net at prescribed stations. These data will be used to quantify the abundances and distributions of fish eggs.



Leg III (Spring CalCOFI):

I.C.12. Continuously sample pelagic fish eggs using the Continuous Underway Fish Egg Sampler (CUFES). The data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of spawning sardine, anchovy and mackerel.

I.C.13. Continuously sample multi-frequency acoustic backscatter using the Simrad EK60. The data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of coastal pelagic fishes (e.g., sardine, anchovy, and mackerel), and krill species.

I.C.14. Continuously sample sea-surface temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll-a using a thermosalinograph and fluorometer. These data will be used to estimate the physical oceanographic habitats for target species.

I.C.15. Continuously sample air temperature, barometric pressure, and wind speed and direction using an integrated weather station.

I.C.16. Sample profiles of seawater temperature, salinity, chlorophyll-a, nutrients, and phytoplankton using a CTD with water-sampling rosette and other instruments at prescribed stations. Measurements of extracted chlorophyll and phaeophytin will be obtained with a fluorometer. Primary production will be measured as C-14 uptake in a six hour in situ incubation. Nutrients will be measured with an auto-analyzer. These data will be used to estimate primary productivity and the biotic and abiotic habitats for target species.

I.C.17. Sample the light intensity in the photic zone once per day in conjunction with a daytime CTD station. These data will be used to interpret the measurements of primary production.

I.C.18. Sample plankton using a CalBOBL (CalCOFI Bongo) at 10 nm-spaced stations. These data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of ichthyoplankton and zooplankton species.

I.C.19. Sample plankton using a Manta (neuston) net at prescribed stations. These data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of ichthyoplankton species.

I.C.20. Sample the vertically integrated abundance of fish eggs using a Pairovet net at prescribed stations. These data will be used to quantify the abundances and distributions of fish eggs.

I.C.21. Sample plankton using a PRPOOS (Planktonic Rate Processes in Oligotrophic Ocean Systems net) at all prescribed CalCOFI stations on lines 90.0 and 80.0 as well as stations out to and including station 70.0 on lines 86.7 and 83.3. These data will be used in analyses by the LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) project.

I.C.22. Continuously sample profiles of currents using the RDI/Teledyne Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler.

I.C.23. Continuously observe, during daylight hours, seabirds and mammals. These data will be used to estimate the distributions and abundances of seabirds and marine mammals. 

 
 

            I.D.      Participating Institutions

 

                        I.D.1.   Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Fisheries Resources Division.

I.D.2.   Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Integrative Oceanography Division.

                        I.D.3.   Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

 

            I.E.      Personnel (ScienceParty)(11 science berths)

 

                       Acoustic calibration staff                 23 MAR only

                       Acoustics                   Steve Sessions                    SWFSC         USA

                       Acoustics                   Josiah Renfrese                  SWFSC         USA

                       Acoustics                   Juan Zwolinski                     SWFSC         USA

 

Miller Freeman   Leg I (DEPM):

23 MAR – Dep. San Diego 09:00h 10 APR – Arr. Port Hueneme,  18 DAS

Position                    Name                                     Affiliation      Citizenship  

Cruise Leader             Dave Griffith                         SWFSC         USA

Fishery Biologist         Sherri Charter                      SWFSC         USA

Fishery Biologist         Ed Weber                             SWFSC         USA

Fishery Biologist         Nancy McGehee                  independent   USA

Fishery Biologist         Bev Macewicz                      SWFSC          USA

Volunteer                     Ofelia Ramirez                     independent    USA

Acoustics                     Randy Cutter                        SWFSC           USA

Bird Observer ?           TBD                                        ??                    USA

 

Miller Freeman   Leg II (DEPM):

Port Hueneme to San Francisco (waypoint only), then transit to San Diego

11 APR – Dep. Port Hueneme 23 APR – Arr. San Diego,  12 DAS

(21-22 April is transit from northern DEPM line to San Diego)

Position                    Name                                     Affiliation      Citizenship  

Cruise Leader           Dave Griffith                          SWFSC         USA

Fishery Biologist       Sherri Charter                       SWFSC         USA

Fishery Biologist       Andrew Thompson               SWFSC         USA

Fishery Biologist       Bev Macewicz                       SWFSC         USA

Volunteer                    Ofelia Ramirez                     independent   USA               

Oceanographer         Sam McClatchie                   SWFSC         USA   

Acoustics                   Juan Zwolinski                       SWFSC         Portugal

Oceanographer         Marguerite Blom                   MBARI            USA               

Oceanographer ?     TBD                                        MBARI           USA

Bird Observer ?        TBD                                        ??                    USA

 
 

Miller Freeman Leg III (CalCOFI):

26 APRIL Fueling in San Diego

27 APR Dep. San Diego 17 MAY – Arr. Port Hueneme,  20 DAS

18-19 MAY transit to San Francisco

20 MAY Arr. San Francisco

Position                         Name                                   Affiliation      Citizenship

Cruise Leader                Dave Griffith                         SWFSC         USA   

Fishery Biologist            Sue Manion                          SWFSC         USA               

Biologist                          Bryan Overcash                   CDFG            USA               

Oceanographer              James Wilkinson                  SIO                USA

Oceanographer              David Wolgast                      SIO                USA

Oceanographer              Jennifer Rogers-Wolgast     SIO                USA               

Oceanographer              David Faber                          SIO                USA               

Oceanographer              Shonna Dovel                       SIO                 USA               

Acoustics                        Josiah Renfree                     SWFSC         USA

Chemist                           Susan Becker                       SIO-ODF       USA               

Bird Observer                  Dawn Breese                       FIAER            USA

 

            I.F.       Administrative

 

I.F.1.   Points of Contacts: Chief Scientist/alternate: Sam McClatchie/David Griffith (858-546-7083/858-546-7155; 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA, 92037; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.),

Ops Officer: LT Patrick Murphy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ship cell phone 206-240-0555.

Ship Iridium phone 808-659-5684. 

OOD phone  206-790-7594.

 

Agent if needed: N/A

 

                        I.F.2.   Diplomatic Clearances:  N/A

 

                        I.F.3.   Licenses and Permits

This cruise will be conducted under the Scientific Research Permit (U.S issued by NOAA / NMFS SW REGION on ______ (date) to Fisheries Resources Division Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The National Marine Sanctuaries have special permitting processes, too. The Chief Scientist is responsible for obtaining all permits, not the ship.

 

II.            Operations

 

            II.A.     Itinerary

                        Transit Seattle to San Diego:         16 - 20 MAR 

Acoustic calibration                          23 MAR – San Diego

Leg 1:             23 MAR Dep. San Diego northwards

                        10 APR Arr. Port Hueneme           

Leg 2:              11 APR Dep. Port Hueneme northwards           

                         21-22 APR Transit from San Francisco waypoint to San Diego

                         23 APR Arr. San Diego

Leg 3:              27 APR Dep. San Diego  northwards

                         17 MAY Arr. Port Hueneme. Offload.

                         18-19 MAY Transit to San Francisco

                          20 MAY Arr. San Francisco

            Total   54 DAS

            Any spare time to be allocated to acoustic/ trawl/ CUFES sampling in areas of high sardine egg densities (no trawling on leg III).

 

            II.B.     Staging and Destaging

  •  Ship will tie up in San diego at 10th Avenue Marine Terminal near Coronado Bridge.
  • We request that following the calibration experiments on March 23, personnel not sailing will be transferred to shore at Scripps Marine Facility using the ship’s tender, and that the vessel sail directly from the acoustic calibration location to begin survey leg I.
  • We request a laboratory van to be craned onto the afterdeck and secured in San Diego prior to CalCOFI leg III. The dimensions of the van are 8x8x10 feet and it weighs 5800 lbs. Power requirement is 110V.

 

            II.C.     Operations to be Conducted

  •  II.C.1.  Underway Operations

 

II.C.1.a. Thermosalinometer sampling - The ship will provide and maintain a thermosalinometer (TSG), which is calibrated and in working order, for continuous measurement of surface water temperature and salinity. A backup unit (calibrated and in working order) will also be provided by the vessel and remain aboard during the cruise. The Scientific Computing System (SCS) will serve as the main data collection system. All SCS data will be provided to SWFSC personnel at the completion of the cruise.

NOTE: The vessel has no constant temperature room.  The salinometer room can't be considered temperature controlled.

II.C.1.b. Acoustics: Calibration of the Simrad EK60 echosounders will be performed at the beginning of the cruise (requiring 6-12 hours). The ship will sail at 0800 on 23 March, anchor ca. 32° 43.20’ N, 117° 12.0’ W in the deepest possible water at the special anchorage off Shelter Island, San Diego Bay (Appendix III), and calibrate. Low tide on March 23rd is ca. 1100. The keel will remain in the retracted position. Three motorized down-riggers, two on one side of the vessel and one on the other, will be used to swing a 38.1 mm diameter tungsten carbide sphere beneath the keel-mounted transducers.

 

The EK60 echosounder will be operated at 18, 38, 120 and 200 kHz and interfaced to a data acquisition system to estimate small pelagic fish and krill biomasses between 10 and 750 m (no 70 kHz on vessel). The vessel's Simrad ES60 depth sounder may be used minimally at the discretion of the Commanding Officer, but will normally remain off while underway. The ship shall inform the Cruise Leader of any use of the vessel's sounders, as it interferes with the signals received on the EK60s that will be used continuously.

 

II.C.1.c. ADCP: The ship’s ADCP should run continuously and be logged to a data acquisition system. Complete system settings will be provided by the oceanographer, but will include 5-minute averaging of currents, AGC and 4 beam returns in 60 8-meter bins. The ADCP transmissions will be triggered by, and thereby synchronized with, the EK60s to avoid cross talk.

 

II.C.1.d. CUFES: The egg pump will be mounted inside the ship’s hull drawing water from a depth of three meters. During the grid occupation, the pump will run continuously between stations to sample any pelagic fish eggs. Approximately 640 liters/minute is sent through a concentrator which filters all material larger than 505µm. The sieved material is then collected and identified. All fish eggs are identified to lowest taxa, counted and entered into the data acquisition software. Each sample entry is coupled with sea surface temperature, geographical position, wind speed and direction, date and time, and surface salinity. Sampling intervals will vary in length, depending on the number of fish eggs seen, from five to 30 minutes. At any time during the survey when the CUFES detects sardine egg concentrations of one egg per minute or higher in two consecutive samples, the ship will begin conducting pairovet tows at four mile intervals until the egg concentration falls below a density of one egg per minute in two consecutive samples. This information will be relayed to the bridge by scientists monitoring the CUFES system.

 

II.C.1.e. Surface trawling: During  legs I and II only, a Nordic 264 surface trawl will be deployed between the hours of approximately 1800 and 0600 PST within the Southern California Bight and north up to San Francisco at positions indicated in Appendix 2. The positions may be changed at the discretion of the Chief Scientist or Cruise Leader depending on information gained and occurrence of sardines. The trawl has been modified with a marine mammal excluder device (MMED) to reduce possibility of catching marine mammals.

 

Any adult salmon caught in the trawl will be immediately returned to the sea and assumed to have survived. Any juvenile salmon caught incidentally will be frozen and turned over to Bob Emmett at NWFSC for further study.

 

Each trawl will be fished for 30 minutes in duration at a towing speed of approximately 3.5 knots. The catch of each tow will be processed in the following manner: The fish will be sorted to species, if possible, and the catch weighed. Sardines collected in each trawl will be randomly subsampled. Standard length and body weight will be measured, fish sexed and maturity graded, otoliths will be collected, ovaries preserved in buffered formalin and tails preserved in ethanol vials for genetics. Standard length and body weight will also be measured for Northern anchovy, Jack and Pacific mackerels, hake and other species as time permits.

 

Additional trawls may be set on acoustic targets as time and opportunity permit.

 

II.C.1.f. Bird Observations: For leg III, during daylight hours a bird observer will be posted on the flying bridge to identify and count birds while the ship is underway during cruise transects.

 

II.C.2.  Station Operations - Each standard station will include the following:

            

II.C.2.a. CTD/Rosette consisting of 12 10-liter hydrographic bottles will be lowered to 500 meters (depth permitting) at each station to measure physical parameters and collect water at discrete depths for analysis of: salinity, nutrients and chlorophyll.  Casts conducted on line 66.7 will be to a depth of 1000 meters.

            NOTE: SIO will provide their own CTD sensor unit for use on leg III.

 

            

II.C.2.b. CalBOBL (CalCOFI Bongo): standard oblique plankton tow with 300 meters of wire out, depth permitting, using paired 505 mm mesh nets with 71 cm diameter openings.  The technical requirements for this tow are: Descent wire rate of 50 meters per minute and an ascent wire rate of 20 meters per minute.  All tows with ascending wire angles lower than 38° or higher than 51° in the final 100 meters of wire will be repeated.  Additionally, a 45° wire angle should be closely maintained during the ascent and descent of the net frame.  A self contained LOPC (Laser Optical Particle Counter) will be mounted in the port side opening during each tow only during leg 3 (CalCOFI stations).  The port side sample will be preserved in buffered ethanol at every station.

 

II.C.2.c.  Manta net (neuston) tow: using a 505 mm mesh net on a frame with a mouth area of 0.1333 m².  Tows are 15 minutes in duration at towing speed of approximately 1.5 - 2.0 knots.  Wire angles should be kept between 15° and 25°.                   

II.C.2.d.  Pairovet net: will be fished from 70 meters to the surface (depth permitting) using paired 25 cm diameter 150 mm mesh nets at all stations.  If sardine eggs are present beyond station 80 we will continue continue Pairovet sampling at each station on the CalCOFI leg as long as more than one egg per sample is counted (or to the end of the line). The technical requirements for Pairovet tows are: Descent rate of 70 meters per minute, a terminal depth time of 10 seconds and an ascent rate of 70 meters per minute.  All tows with wire angles exceeding 15° during the ascent will be repeated.

            NOTE: The available winch may not provide 70 m/min on Pairovet but can get to 60         m/min for sure.

 

II.C.2.e. PRPOOS (Planktonic Rate Processes in Oligotrophic Ocean Systems net  will be taken at all Leg III (CalCOFI) stations on line 90.0 and 80.0 as well as stations out to and including station 70.0 on lines 86.7 and 83.3.  These stations are occupied as part of the LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) project.  The mesh of the PRPOOS net is 202 mm and the tow is a vertical cast up from 210 meters.

 

II.C.2.f. Primary productivity: at about 1100 hours on each day of leg III (and line 66.7 of leg II)  a primary productivity CTD cast consisting of six 10-liter hydrographic bottles will be carried out.  The cast arrangement will be determined by a Secchi disc observation.  The purpose of the cast is to collect water from six discrete depths for daily in situ productivity experiments.  Measurements of extracted chlorophyll and phaeophytin will be obtained with a fluorometer.  Primary production will be measured as C14 uptake in a six hour in situ incubation.  Nutrients will be measured with an auto-analyzer.  All radioisotope work areas will be given a wipe test before the departure of the SIO and MBARI technical staff.

 

II.C.2.g. A light meter  will be used to measure the light intensity in the euphotic zone once a day with the primary productivity cast.

 

II.C.2.h. Weather observations.    

 

            II.D.     Dive Plan: N/A

 

            II.E.     Applicable Restrictions: N/A

 

 

III.           Equipment

 

III.A.    Equipment and Capabilities Provided by the Ship:

 

We request the following systems and their associated support services, sufficient consumables, back-up units, and on-site spares.  All measurement instruments are assumed to have current calibrations and we request that all pertinent calibration information be included in the data package.

 

1. Starboard hydro winch with ¼” cable for standard Bongo, Pairovet and Manta tows

NOTE: Starboard hydro winch has .322 electro-mechanical wire rather than ¼” dead cable. This wire is heavier and less flexible which caused backlash on the winch while deploying the bongo using SWFSC standard bongo procedure in 2008.  Adaptation of the operation that addresses the gear difference but still replicates past sampling will be necessary.

Port winch with 0.322" conductive cable

Port and starboard trawl winch with 1 1/8” trawl cable

Port and starboard gantries with trawl blocks for 1 1/8” trawl cable

J-frame w/block to accommodate 0.322" cable

Constant temperature room set at 22oC ± 1oC (71.5oF ± 2oF)

NOTE: The vessel has no constant temperature room.  The salinometer room          can't be considered temperature controlled.

            Winch monitoring system

Seabird thermosalinometer

Knudsen 12 kHz depth recorder

Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler

Multifrequency EK60 transducers (ES18-11, ES38B, ES120-7C, ES200-7C). (no 70 kHz on vessel).

12-bottle rosette frame capable of carrying 10-liter niskin bottles, fitted with SBE911+ CTD unit. SIO to provide Niskin bottles for leg III.

Pump unit for CUFES water sampling.

Fish splitting bin and sorting table.

GPS feed to flying bridge for use by bird observers.

 

 

            III.B.    Equipment and Capabilities Provided by the Scientists

 

-80oC Freezer (SWFSC)

37% Formalin (SWFSC)

                        Ethanol (SWFSC)

                        Tris buffer (SWFSC)

                        Sodium borate (SWFSC)

                        30 cc and 50 cc syringes (SWFSC)

                        Canulas (SWFSC)

                        Pint, quart and gallon jars (SWFSC)

                         Jars for ovaries (SWFSC)

                        Inside and outside labels (SWFSC)

                        CalCOFI net tow data sheets (SWFSC)

                        71 cm CalCOFI Bongo frames (SWFSC)

                        71 cm CalCOFI 505 mm mesh nets (SWFSC)

                        CalCOFI 150 mm Pairovet nets and codends (SWFSC)

                        CalCOFI Pairovet frames (SWFSC)

                        333 mm mesh codends (SWFSC)

                        Inclinometer for bongo tows (SWFSC)

                        Digital flowmeters (SWFSC)

                        PRPOOS frames (SIO)

                        170 lb PRPOOS weight (SIO)

                        202 mm mesh PRPOOS nets and codends (SIO)

                        75 lb Bongo weight (SWFSC)

                        100 lb hydro weights (SWFSC)

                        CalCOFI Manta net frames (SWFSC)

                        60 cm CalCOFI 505 mm mesh Manta nets (SWFSC)

                        Standard CalCOFI tool boxes (SWFSC)

                        Bucket thermometers and holders (SWFSC)

                        Hand held inclinometer for Pairovet tows(SWFSC)

                        Oxygen auto-titration rig with reagents (SIO)

                        Oxygen flasks (SIO)

                        Guildline Portasal (SWFSC, SIO)

                        Salinity bottles (SIO)

                        Standard sea water (SIO)

                        Data sheets for scheduled hydrographic work (SIO)

                        Weather observation sheets (SIO)

                        Primary productivity incubation rack (SIO)

                        C14 and other chemicals for primary productivity work (SIO, MBARI)

                        12 niskin bottles (10 liter) for rosette (SIO)

                        10 liter hydrographic bottles (SIO)

                        Turner fluorometer (SIO)

                        90% acetone and all supplies for chlorophyll extraction (SIO)

                        Nutrient vials (SIO)

                        Simrad EK60 GPTs and ER60 software (SWFSC)

                        EK60 calibration apparatus

                        LOPC (SIO)

                        Isotope van (SIO)

                        LTER van (SIO)

                        CUFES (SWFSC)

                        Dissecting microscopes (SWFSC)

Nordic 264 rope trawl (SWFSC) fitted with Marine Mammal Excluder Device

                        Trawl rigging (SWFSC)

                        3.0 m² XL-Lite foam core trawl doors (SWFSC)

                        Motion compensated balances (SWFSC)

                        Fish measuring boards (SWFSC)

                        Dissection equipment (SWFSC)

 
 

 

IV.          Hazardous Materials

HAZMAT list and amounts will be provided to Chief Survey Tech upon arrival and departure.

 

A.           Policy and Compliance

The Chief Scientist is responsible for complying with MOCDOC 15, Fleet Environmental Compliance #07, Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste Management Requirements for Visiting Scientists, released July 2002. Documentation regarding those requirements will be provided by the Chief of Operations, Marine Operations Center, upon request.

By Federal regulations and NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations policy, the ship may not sail without a complete inventory of all hazardous materials by name and the anticipated quantity brought aboard, MSDS and appropriate neutralizing agents, buffers, and/or absorbents in amounts adequate to address spills of a size equal to the amount of chemical brought aboard. The amount of hazardous material arriving and leaving the vessel shall be accounted for by the Chief Scientist.

 

B.           Radioactive Isotopes

 

Each scientist working with these materials will be required to wear a lab coat and disposable booties to reduce the likelihood of tracking the substance out of the specified working area.

 

It will be the responsibility of the investigator to conduct pre-cruise (for background) and post-cruise wipe tests (regardless of whether a spill occurred or not). Wipe tests should also be conducted in the event of a spill, as well as periodically while underway.

 

A detailed procedural methodology describing the use of these materials should be provided to the Environmental Compliance Officer (ECO) for review at least one month prior to bringing them aboard. A spill contingency plan should also be provided at the same time. Please note that ship's personnel are not first responders in the event of a spill.

 

A log detailing the type and amount of materials brought aboard and removed from of the ship shall be maintained, along with a record of any spills that occurred.

 

All radioisotope work will be conducted by NRC or State licensed investigators only, and copies of these licenses shall be provided to the ECO at least one month prior to bringing any materials on board.

 

            C.        Inventory

 

V.           Additional Projects

 

            A.        No additional projects

            B.        No NOAA Fleet Ancillary Projects

 

VI.          Disposition of Data and Reports

 

A.           Data Responsibilities

The Chief Scientist will receive all original data related to the project.  The Chief Scientist will in turn furnish the Commanding Officer with a complete inventory listing of all data gathered by the scientific party, detailing types of operations and quantities of data prior to departing the ship.  All data gathered by the vessel's personnel that are desired by the Chief Scientist will be released to him, including supplementary data specimens and photos gathered by the scientific crew.

 

            B.        Pre and Post Cruise Meeting

 

Pre-Cruise Meeting: Prior to departure, the Chief Scientist will conduct a meeting of the scientific party to train them in sample collection and inform them of cruise objectives. Some vessel protocols, e.g., meals, watches, etiquette, etc. will be presented by the ship’s Operations Officer.

Post-Cruise Meeting: Upon completion of the cruise, a meeting will normally be held at 0830 (unless prior alternate arrangements are made) and attended by the ship’s officers, the Chief Scientist and members of the scientific party, the Vessel Coordinator and the Port Captain to review the cruise. Concerns regarding safety, efficiency, and suggestions for improvements for future cruises should be discussed. Minutes of the post-cruise meeting will be distributed to all participants by email, and to the Commanding Officer and Chief of Operations, Marine Operations Center.

 

            C.        Ship Operation Evaluation Report

 

Within seven days of the completion of the cruise, a Ship Operation Evaluation form is to be completed by the Chief Scientist. The preferred method of transmittal of this form is via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If email is not an option, a hard copy may be forwarded to:

Director, NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations

NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

8403 Colesville Road, Suite 500

Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

 

VII.         Miscellaneous

 

A.           Meals and Berthing 

 

Meals and berthing are required for 11 scientists. Meals will be served 3 times daily beginning one hour before scheduled departure, extending throughout the cruise, and ending two hours after the termination of the cruise. Galley will be closed for dinner during inports.

Since the watch schedule is split between day and night, the night watch may often miss daytime meals and will require adequate food and beverages (for example a variety of sandwich items, cheeses, fruit, milk, juices) during what are not typically meal hours. We request night lunches for science crew on legs II and III.

Special dietary requirements for scientific participants will be made available to the ship’s command at least seven days prior to the survey (e.g., Chief Scientist is allergic to fin fish).

Berthing requirements, including number and gender of the scientific party, will be provided to the ship by the Chief Scientist. The Chief Scientist and Commanding Officer will work together on a detailed berthing plan to accommodate the gender mix of the scientific party taking into consideration the current make-up of the ship’s complement. The Chief Scientist is responsible for ensuring the scientific berthing spaces are left in the condition in which they were received; for stripping bedding and linen return; and for the return of any room keys which were issued. The Chief Scientist is also responsible for the cleanliness of the laboratory spaces and the storage areas utilized by the scientific party, both during the cruise and at its conclusion prior to departing the ship.

All NOAA scientists will have proper travel orders when assigned to any NOAA ship. The Chief Scientist will ensure that all non NOAA or non Federal scientists aboard also have proper orders. It is the responsibility of the Chief Scientist to ensure that the entire scientific party has a mechanism in place to provide lodging and food and to be reimbursed for these costs in the event that the ship becomes uninhabitable and/or the galley is closed during any part of the scheduled project.

All persons boarding NOAA vessels give implied consent to comply with all safety and security policies and regulations which are administered by the Commanding Officer. All spaces and equipment on the vessel are subject to inspection or search at any time. All personnel must comply with OMAO's Drug and Alcohol Policy dated May 7, 1999 which forbids the possession and/or use of illegal drugs and alcohol aboard NOAA Vessels.

 

            B.        Medical Forms and Emergency Contacts 

 

The NOAA Health Services Questionnaire (NHSQ, Revised: 08/08) must be completed in advance by each participating scientist. The NHSQ can be obtained from the Chief Scientist or the NOAA website at NOAA HEALTH SERVICES QUESTIONNAIRE The completed form should be sent to the Regional Director of Health Services at Marine Operations Center. The participant can mail, fax, or scan the form into an email using the contact information below. The NHSQ should reach the Health Services Office no later than 4 weeks prior to the cruise to allow time for the participant to obtain and submit additional information that health services might require before clearance to sail can be granted. Please contact MOC Health Services with any questions regarding eligibility or completion of the NHSQ. Be sure to include proof of tuberculosis (TB) testing, sign and date the form, and indicate the ship or ships the participant will be sailing on. The participant will receive an email notice when medically cleared to sail if a legible email address is provided on the NHSQ.

Contact information:

  • Regional Director of Health Services
  • Marine Operations Center – Atlantic
  • 439 W. York Street
  • Norfolk, VA 23510
  • Telephone 757.441.6320
  • Fax 757.441.3760
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Regional Director of Health Services
  • Marine Operations Center - Pacific
  • 1801 Fairview Avenue East
  • Seattle, WA 98102
  • Telephone 206.553.8704
  • Fax 206.553.1112
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prior to departure, the Chief Scientist must provide a listing of emergency contacts to the Executive Officer for all members of the scientific party, with the following information: name, address, relationship to member, and telephone number.

 

            C.        Shipboard Safety

 

Wearing open-toed footwear or shoes that do not completely enclose the foot (such as sandals or clogs) outside of private berthing areas is not permitted. Steel-toed shoes are required to participate in any work dealing with suspended loads, including CTD deployments and recovery. The ship does not provide steel-toed boots. Hard hats are also required when working with suspended loads. Work vests are required when working near open railings and during small boat launch and recovery operations. Hard hats and work vests will be provided by the ship when required.

 

            D.        Communications 

A progress report on operations prepared by the Chief Scientist may be relayed to the program office. Sometimes it is necessary for the Chief Scientist to communicate with another vessel, aircraft, or shore facility. Through various modes of communication, the ship is able to maintain contact with the Marine Operations Center on an as needed basis. These methods will be made available to the Chief Scientist upon request, in order to conduct official business. Due to a new directive from Marine Operations Center, the ship must charge the science party for all calls made on the cell or sky-cell telephone. INMARSAT, Sky Cell and cellular communication costs shall be reimbursed to the ship for telephone calls made by all scientific personnel. Currently, Sky Cell and cellular telephone services are about $0.89 per minute and INMARSAT Mini M is around $1.68 per minute for voice. These charges will be assessed against the program after the ship receives the bill. There is generally a three month delay receiving the bill for review. The Chief Scientist will be required to keep a log of all calls made by the science party.

 

            E.        IT Security

Any computer that will be hooked into the ship's network must comply with the NMAO Fleet IT Security Policy prior to establishing a direct connection to the NOAA WAN. Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Installation of the latest virus definition (.DAT) file on all systems and performance of a virus scan on each system.
  • Installation of the latest critical operating system security patches.
  • No external public Internet Service Provider (ISP) connections.
  • Completion of these requirements prior to boarding the ship is preferable.
  • Non-NOAA personnel using the ship's computers or connecting their own computers to the ship's network must complete NOAA’s IT Security Awareness Course within 3 days of embarking.
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  •             F.         Foreign National Guests Access to OMAO Facilities and Platforms
  • All foreign national access to the vessel shall be in accordance with NAO 207-12 and RADM De Bow’s March 16, 2006 memo. National Marine Fisheries Service personnel will use the Foreign National Registration System (FRNS) to submit requests for access to NOAA facilities and ships. The Departmental Sponsor/NOAA (DSN) is responsible for obtaining clearances and export licenses and for providing escorts required by the NAO. DSNs should consult with their designated NMFS Deemed Exports point of contact to assist with the process.
  • The following are basic requirements. Full compliance with NAO 207-12 is required.
  • Responsibilities of the Chief Scientist:
  • Provide the Commanding Officer with the e-mail generated by the FRNS granting approval for the foreign national guest’s visit. This e-mail will identify the guest’s DSN and will serve as evidence that the requirements of NAO 207-12 have been complied with.
  • Escorts – The Chief Scientist is responsible to provide escorts to comply with NAO 207-12 Section 5.10, or as required by the vessel’s DOC/OSY Regional Security Officer.
  • Ensure all non-foreign national members of the scientific party receive the briefing on Espionage Indicators (NAO 207-12 Appendix A) at least annually or as required by the servicing Regional Security Officer.
  • Export Control - The NEFSC currently neither possesses nor utilizes technologies that are subject to Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
  • The Commanding Officer and the Chief Scientist will work together to implement any access controls necessary to ensure no unlicensed export occurs of any controlled technology onboard regardless of ownership.
  • Responsibilities of the Commanding Officer:
  • Ensure only those foreign nationals with DOC/OSY clearance are granted access.
  • Deny access to OMAO platforms and facilities by foreign nationals from countries controlled for anti-terrorism (AT) reasons and individuals from Cuba or Iran without written NMAO approval and compliance with export and sanction regulations.
  • Ensure foreign national access is permitted only if unlicensed deemed export is not likely to occur.
  • Ensure receipt from the Chief Scientist or the DSN of the FRNS e-mail granting approval for the foreign national guest’s visit.
  • Ensure Foreign Port Officials, e.g., Pilots, immigration officials, receive escorted access in accordance with maritime custom to facilitate the vessel’s visit to foreign ports.
  • Export Control - 8 weeks in advance of the cruise, provide the Chief Scientist with a current inventory of OMAO controlled technology onboard the vessel and a copy of the vessel Technology Access Control Plan (TACP). Also notify the Chief Scientist of any OMAO-sponsored foreign nationals that will be onboard while program equipment is aboard so that the Chief Scientist can take steps to prevent unlicensed export of Program controlled technology. The Commanding Officer and the Chief Scientist will work together to implement any access controls necessary to ensure no unlicensed export occurs of any controlled technology onboard regardless of ownership.
  • Ensure all OMAO personnel onboard receive the briefing on Espionage Indicators (NAO 207-12 Appendix A) at least annually or as required by the servicing Regional Security Officer.
  • Responsibilities of the Foreign National Sponsor:
  • Export Control - The foreign national’s sponsor is responsible for obtaining any required export licenses and complying with any conditions of those licenses prior to the foreign national being provided access to the controlled technology onboard regardless of the technology’s ownership.
  • The DSN of the foreign national shall assign an on-board Program individual, who will be responsible for the foreign national while on board. The identified individual must be a U.S. citizen, NOAA (or DOC) employee. According to DOC/OSY, this requirement cannot be altered.
  • Ensure completion and submission of Appendix C (Certification of Conditions and Responsibilities for a Foreign National Guest) as required by NAO 207-12 Section 5.03.h.
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