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  Squid/Hake acoustics  -  2012  -  Intermediate  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Fish Acoustics BRC - West Coast Squid and Hake
Physical characterization of broadband clutter and attenuation due to biological aggregations
Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Roger C. Gauss, NRL-DC Project Institution: NRL DC
Project ID: 102777 Version #: 3
Date Submitted: 1/26/2011 7:01:00 PM Created By: Kelly Benoit-Bird
Date Last Modified: 5/26/2011 11:19:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/ONR - TBD/Fish Acoustics BRC - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Conduct acoustic and net surveys off Northern California and Southern Oregon. Advanced broadband acoustic systems will be used to characterize scattering and attenuation due to swimbladder-bearing fish and squid. The studies will involve transects and measurements at fixed locations.
Summary of Facility Requirements: : CTD, flurometer, ship winches and wires (see ‘NRL Equipment Requirements’ below), capstans, GPS navigation (DGPS even better), standard comms (as there will be 2-ship coordination), 12-kHz echosounder, XBT launcher, XBT-analysis system, Dynamic positioning
Summary of other requirements and comments: Coordination with second research vessel, Chief Scientist Benoit-Bird
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1004278 Created By: Kelly Benoit-Bird
Date Last Modified: 5/26/2011 11:19:00 AM Date Submitted: 1/26/2011 7:01:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2012 Ship/Facility: Intermediate
Optimum Start Date: 8/1/2012 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 7/10/2012 Multi-Ship Op: Yes
Latest Start Date: 8/25/2012 Other Ship(s): Coordinated ship effort with Benoit-Bird in the same working area

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
12 4 1 2 19
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:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
OR/N CA shelf
Description of Op Area: 50 m isobath to a few miles off the shelf break in Northern California and central and southern Oregon
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
NP09 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
Newport, OR, USA None Newport, OR, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Roger C. Gauss, NRL-DC
# in Science Party 12 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected 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.

Stern A-Frame with 17-ft clearance for NRL MFA Source Deployment
Starboard J-Frame or equivalent for use with towing receiver on starboard side of ship

Two Air Tuggers

480 V Three Phase 30 Amplifier: Winch for electromechanical MFA source cable
480 V Three Phase 30 Amplifier: Instruments, Inc. SL-20 amplifier for MFA source
480 V Three Phase 60 Amplifier: Instruments, Inc. S-11/24 amplifier for XF-4 source
Lab Space and access for two Instruments, Inc. amplifiers

110 V 30 Amplifier: For NRL’s chirp Sonar
Minimum 5/16 wire rope on ship winch (stern deployment): For NRL’s chirp Sonar
CTD Wire: For use with NRL’s deep-water chirp sonar
CTD Wire: Strength member for NRL receiver array and XF4 transducer
NOTE: CTD wire will not be used for both receiver array and deep-water chirp sonar at same time.

Will need large crane (ship’s or shore-based) to load/off-load our winch (8 ft x 8 ft x 8 ft; ~12K lbs)

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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