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  Gulf of Maine krill  -  2010  -  Oceanus  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Biological and physical determinants of euphausiid aggregation, behavior, and interaction with higher predators at an abrupt topographical feature in the Gulf of Maine Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Gareth Lawson, WHOI Project Institution: WHOI
Project ID: 101898 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 2/17/2009 1:52:00 PM Created By: Gareth Lawson
Date Last Modified: 6/4/2010 12:48:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NSF/OCE/BIO - 0928801 - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Studies will be conducted of the aggregation dynamics of euphausiids, including interactions with herring predators, along the northern flank of Georges Bank and in the southern portion of the Gulf of Maine. A total of four cruises will be conducted, two per year in the falls of each of 2010 and 2011. Each cruise will be 10 days in length, and will involve 24-hour surveying with a combination of four primary instrument platforms: (1) A deep (250m) towed broadband acoustic scattering system, (2) A surface-towed narrowband multi-frequency acoustic scattering system, (3) a 1-m2 MOCNESS plankton net system, and (4) A profiling Video Plankton Recorder (VPR) to be mounted on the CTD.
Summary of Facility Requirements: An intermediate class vessel (e.g., R/V Oceanus or Endeavor) is requested, to provide the space and capabilities to deploy all of our 4 instrument platforms, including concurrent deployment of the tow-yoed broadband system and surface-towed multi-frequency system. Required facilities include:
1. A winch for a 1000m .5 inch reinforced coax cable, to be used in towing the broadband system.
2. A winch with .322 or .68 conducting cable for deployment of the MOCNESS.
3. A winch and .322 conducting cable for deployment of the CTD/VPR package.
4. Deck space for all instruments and for a J-frame apparatus used previously on the R/V Oceanus and Endeavor for towing the surface multi-frequency system over the side of the vessel.
5. Space for a 20" science van.
6. Access to distilled and seawater.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1002737 Created By: Gareth Lawson
Date Last Modified: 8/10/2009 10:15:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/17/2009 1:52:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2010 Ship/Facility: Oceanus
Optimum Start Date: 9/20/2010 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 9/18/2010 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 9/27/2010 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
8 0 0 2 10
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:
Two cruises doing the same work in the same study location are requested in each of 2010 and 2011. The timing of the cruises has been selected to allow an examination of the impact of herring predation on euphausiid aggregations. The first cruise each year is timed to begin one week after the NOAA Ship Delaware II will have commenced its herring survey. Real-time data collected during that survey will be used to define the exact survey grid for our project. During the time of our first cruise, the herring will be pre-spawning and will not be feeding on euphausiids (the target of our work).

The second cruise each year is timed to begin in the last week of October. At this time, herring and euphausiids will still be present in the study region, but the herring will be post-spawning and will have resumed feeding on euphausiids.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Georges Bank
Description of Op Area: Surveys will be conducted along the northern flank of Georges Bank and in the southern portion of the Gulf of Maine
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
41.7° N / 68.4° W map
151 map
NA06 map
Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No 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
Woods Hole, MA, USA None None
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Woods Hole is requested as the start and end port, as all members of the science party are based in Woods Hole, all instruments are located at Woods Hole, and this is one of the closest ports to the location of the proposed field study.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Gareth Lawson, WHOI
# in Science Party 7 # 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 We have budgeted for 6 WHOI personnel with the necessary expertise to participate in each cruise, but will also seek additional volunteers to assist during cruises. An operator-provided technician to provide support for CTD, ADCP, and MOCNESS operations is also requested.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected 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.

The science party will bring a 20" container modified as a control van for science operations. The list of requirements in terms of cables, winches, and space is described above.

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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