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  Cetacean Survey  -  2019  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Northeast Cetacean Biology Survey Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Nathan Keith, NOAA_NEFSC Project Institution: NOAA_NEFSC
Project ID: 106445 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 2/26/2019 10:17:00 AM Created By: Nathan Keith
Date Last Modified: 10/9/2019 1:30:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NOAA/NMFS - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: 1) Locate and document occurrence of mesoplodon beaked whales (Mesoplodon spp), including deployment of suction-cup digital recording tags (DTAGs) on at least 6 individuals. Deployments may last up to 8 hrs at a time, during which time the vessel will track the animal. Collect passive acoustic recordings, identification photographs, biopsy samples.

2) Collect water samples for eDNA testing in the vicinity of beaked whales
3) Collect mid-water prey samples in regions where beaked whales are found
The secondary objectives are:
5) Collect information on the distribution and occurrence of all cetacean and sea turtle species sighted during the survey

6)Collect oceanographic data (primarily related to temperature, salinity, acoustic reflectance, and zooplankton abundance)
Summary of Facility Requirements: Large offshore vessel to support small boat launching with crane. Winch and A-Frame to support towed acoustic array, side sampling station with .322 conductive wire and seabird to oceanographic measurements
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1010409 Created By: Nathan Keith
Date Last Modified: 2/26/2019 10:17:00 AM Date Submitted: 2/26/2019 10:17:00 AM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2019 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 8/12/2019 Dates to Avoid: none
Earliest Start Date: 8/12/2019 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/19/2019 Other Ship(s): n/a

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
17 1 1 2 21
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:
Northeast Shelf
Description of Op Area: Will similarly operate along the northeast shelf break and offshore waters, primarily along Georges Bank.
Op Area Size/Dia.:  
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.7746° N / 75.1393° W map
116 map
NA06 map
38.7746° N / 75.1393° W map
116 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.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Lewes, DE, USA None Woods Hole, MA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Vessels home port and centrally located to grounds

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Nathan Keith, NOAA_NEFSC
# in Science Party 12 # 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 12 scientific berths are needed for this cruise.
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.

Ships crane, .322 conductive wire. Flybridge with bigeyes

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 SpoolerSelected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.

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