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  AZMP_Spring_2018  -  2018  -  Endeavor  
  Project Information  
Project Title: 2018 Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) spring survey of the Scotian Shelf and Gulf of Maine. Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Dave Hebert, BIO Project Institution: BIO
Project ID: 105283 Version #: 5
Date Submitted: 4/28/2016 9:12:00 AM Created By: Andrew T. Cogswell
Date Last Modified: 11/17/2017 9:52:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: OTHER - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: AZMP field work will primarily entail ring nets and CTD's on the Scotian shelf and slope to describe the hydrography and distribution of nutrients and zooplankton at standard "core" sampling stations within the Maritimes Region that been regularly occupied from the inception of the program in 1999.

The program also serves as a platform for other Canadian government projects that include: acoustic monitoring of whale migration patterns, contributions to regional hydrographic and bio-geochemical modelling efforts, collection and analysis of nutrients and hydrography data in the Gulf of Maine as part of a NERACOOS cooperative agreement, deployment of ARGO floats in support of the International Argo Float Program and regular bird and mammal observations in conjunction with Environment Canada, to name a few.

AZMP also provides vessel support for numerous Dalhousie university research initiatives that include: water collection for assessing total alkalinity and total organic carbon, CTD/Ring Nets and depth stratified net tows in areas known for high concentrations of the endangered Northern Right Whale as part of the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) - Whales Habitat and Listening Experiment (WHaLES), water sample collection to assess the role of organic and organometallic micronutrients in primary productivity and phytoplankton community structure, and underway water samples to asses the organic content of sea water and determine the climate impact of organics in sea spray aerosol.

The core parameters of the program remain constant over time but the "ancillary" programs that we support change slightly from year to year, depending on what is currently funded and what we can support within the limited time frame of our seasonal missions.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will require a CTD/rosette and associated EM wire and operating system, hydrographic winch for 76 and 202 µm ring net deployments, an A-Frame and winch(es) for mooring deployments and retrievals, aft deck space for a DFO-supplied 50 HP SWANN winch with multi-conductor cable with (Sameoto) 50 HP pumping unit to deploy a "MOCNESS" like system called BIONESS (size and machining of appropriate mount to be discussed), an underway system, 2- large -20 C chest freezers (or equivalent walk in space), 1 x -80 C freezer, full sized fridge for sample storage, adequate lab and bench space for all associated laboratory gear that includes: (Winkler titration system, filter apparatus, fluorometer, sample bottles, reagents, salinometers (x2), sample racks and trays), Milli Q water, easy access storage space for ARGO floats and a fume hood.
Summary of other requirements and comments: We would request that our DFO data management staff work with ship's techs leading up to the mission to successfully implement program specific requirements for meta-data and data management protocols. Our program currently utilizes E-log to manage our mission meta-data and we also utilize an in house developed "wrapper" that processes CTD data through an automated series of step-wise modules and back up processes. We'd also ask that a single Fisheries and Oceans data management staff member and our in house CTD technician, assist in ship board operations to gain experience and assure program continuity.
There is another request (AZOMP) for May 2018. It would be optimal if this cruise does not overlap as common instruments and personal are used on both mission. Preference is to have cruises to stage out of Halifax with 3-7 days between them.
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1008496 Created By: Andrew T. Cogswell
Date Last Modified: 11/17/2017 9:52:00 AM Date Submitted: 4/28/2016 9:12:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2018 Ship/Facility: Endeavor
Optimum Start Date: 4/2/2018 Dates to Avoid: The weather and ice conditions on the Scotian Shelf in early March can generally be prohibitive to the completion of the program. The program is designed to coincide with the spring bloom in the Maritimes region. While it is optimal to have the ship sail starting the 1st week in April, a slightly earlier departure date in March, while not optimal, would allow the back end of the mission to complete under what could be bloom conditions. An early May start date is not optimal and would only be considered if absolutely required.
Earliest Start Date: 3/21/2018 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 4/30/2018 Other Ship(s): N/A

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
20 2 2 0 24
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: N/A
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:
Scotian shelf
Description of Op Area: The AZMP operaitons area extends from Port Aux Basques Newfoundland in the Cabot Strait , to core sections placed strategically along the Scotian Shelf and slope, extending all the way south to the Gulf of Maine, with 2 sections that cross into American waters and terminating near Portsmouth.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 800
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
44.6811° N / 63.6141° W map
151 map
NA06 map
44.6811° N / 63.6141° W map
151 map
NA06 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? Yes
 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.)
As a Canadian Ch Sci. on a US vessel, the STATE dept requires a clearance for the Ch Sci to work in US waters
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Halifax, Canada None, Halifax, Canada
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
The Bedford Institute of Oceaography is the home port for Fisheries and Oceans Canada Maritimes. Our shipboard equipment is housed at this facility and our personnel live nearby. We will be consulting with the Canadian Coast Guard about docking at BIO. We are unsure if loading will happen here or at a nearby facility.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Dave Hebert, BIO
# in Science Party 14 # 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 Three "core" program staff will be required for both day and night operations (6 to 6) for a total of 6 people. The Chief Scientist, data Manager and Fisheries and Oceans CTD Technician represent another 3 people. . Finally, berths will be made available for 3 student and 1 Environment Canada Bird/Mammal Observer. With 1 "Operator Provided" Technician" required, this is a total of 14 Science staff.
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.


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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