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  Dosidicus biology  -  2010  -  New Horizon  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Hypoxia and the ecology, behavior and physiology of jumbo squid, Dosidicus gigas Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: William Gilly, Stanford Project Institution: Hopkins
Project ID: 101655 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 8/12/2008 11:44:00 AM Created By: Brad A. Seibel
Date Last Modified: 6/29/2009 1:26:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - ARRA 0850839 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Two cruises will be conducted aboard UNOLS vessels in Guaymas Basin and off Santa Rosalia, in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Cruises will take place in June of 2010 and June 2011. A total of 14 science days plus 10 days transit are requested for each cruise. We will tow trawl midwater trawl nets, SCUBA dive, tow an acoustic array, jig for squids, and conduct physiological studies on board ship.
Summary of Facility Requirements: Winch with 0.68" conducting cable for use with 3 m square Tucker trawl with MOCNESS-like opening-closing mechanism.

Summary of other requirements and comments: We have one grant (proposal #0851043 or STR 0850839, Gilly is PI) that concerns Dosidicus gigas (jumbo squid) in the Gulf of California Guaymas basin. This proposal has been "recommended" by NSF but not officially awarded yet. I will be chief scientist.

The original shiptime request form says that one cruise will take place 3/15/2010 and the other 11/15/2011. Please disregard that.

What we would like is for both cruises to take place in June (2010 and 2011). We would like to load the ship as before in San Diego and transit around the peninsula into the Gulf to start work by June 7. We requested 24 days total, 14 science days for each cruise plus 10 transit days.

We have a second grant (proposal #0852160, Midwater animal models: Optical measurement of metabolic transitions in pelagic biota, Sönke Johnsen is my co-PI) that is officially awarded. 

We requested working off Southern California in June of 2010. Obviously the ship and I can't be in two places at once, but we might be able to put both cruises back to back. We're still figuring out what will work best for us, but maybe your schedule will dictate that.

We have a third grant from Office of Naval Research. My part of it (with co-PI Gilly from grant #1) did not request shiptime, but Sönke Johnsen (co-PI on grant #2 above) did request shiptime in the Gulf of California for his part of this ONR grant. It may be possible to piggy-back this somehow usefully as well. Still working this one out also.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1002277 Created By: Brad A. Seibel
Date Last Modified: 6/29/2009 1:26:00 PM Date Submitted: 8/12/2008 11:44:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2010 Ship/Facility: New Horizon
Optimum Start Date: 6/7/2010 Dates to Avoid: We are avoiding warm surface waters of late summer/early fall, giving ourselves time to get Mexican clearance.
Earliest Start Date: 6/1/2010 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 6/15/2010 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
14 2 2 10 28
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
The New Horizon is the nearest ship to our destination. We've used it extensively in the Gulf of California for this type of work. It is critical that we load the ship in San Diego and transit to Guaymas (5 days). We require 14 science days and 5 additional transit days to offload the ship in San Diego.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Guaymas Basin
Description of Op Area: Northern Gulf of California, Guaymas Basin and Santa Rosalia.
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
27.25° N / 111.5° W map
84 map
NP13 map
27.25° N / 112° W map
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NP13 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? Yes Coastal States:
 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
San Diego, CA, USA Guaymas, Mexico, Guaymas, Mexico San Diego, CA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
We prefer to transit to Guaymas Basin from San Diego to avoid shipping equipment in to Mexico. Not all cruise participants will be able to spend five days transiting there and back so we request intermediate port stops to pick up and drop off cruise participants flying in and out of Mexico.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Brad A. Seibel, USF_Tampa
# in Science Party 18 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements 3 Principle Investigators, 6 graduate students, 3 technicians, 2 foreign observers, 3 foreign collaborators, 1 outreach educator
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Selected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Selected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

We will conduct trawling using a large Tucker Trawl. It can be signaled to close using an electronic mechanism (MOCNESS). In that case it requires a 0.68 conducting coax cable.

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Unselected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Unselected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Unselected JasonUnselected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.

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