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Thursday, March 3, 2011

RV Celtic Explorer Newfoundland & Labrador Fishery Survey: DAY 32

Date 2/03/2011 Time: 23:00 hrs (UTC)

Position:   47 57.84N   50 22.89 W   Wind speed 10 knots


Our last day (#32). It was a busy one with lots of research fishing sets in the morning followed by a big clean up in the afternoon.  The weather was much kinder to us today and allowed us to continue to collect valuable data.  During our sets, a sample of shrimp was measured using callipers to measure their carapace length.

Measuring Shrimp – Carapace length using callipers (Photo: Kate Barley)


After a scientific fisheries survey, there is a lot of cleaning up to do …

Graduate students Kyle Krumsick and Genevieve D’Avignon doing the final clean up of the Wet Lab
(Photo: Kate Barley)


Sea Technician Ed Stern making the wet lab shine!  (Photo: Kate Barley)


Deckhand Alec Carty working on lines in preparation for docking tomorrow (Photo: Kate Barley)

Heading westward towards St. John’s – who could not resist putting in the last sunset of our trip
(Photo: Kate Barley)

The sunset was once again wonderful today and I could not help putting in our very last one.  Blogging was new to me at the start of the trip and now I will miss it!  It has been an entertaining way to keep people at home informed and for everyone who has followed us along the way and enjoyed looking at my photographs as much as I enjoy taking them, thank you!  (And if anyone is interested, all photographs taking on this trip will be available to view online through my online gallery, a link can be sent on request).   

And so the survey ends. We wish to thank the Irish Marine Institute for providing us not only with a fine vessel, but with the best of sea mates and crew. Captain Antony Hobin, First Officer Kenny Downing, Officer of the Watch Richard O’Regan, oceanographers Aodhan Fitzgerald and Sheena Fennell and all of the crew were in every respect professional and first rate. It is a trip that we all will remember, in particular the graduate students who for some this was their first time at sea. They may particularly miss the home cooking of Pat and Mickey.

Farewell from all of us …

Blog by Kate Barley with ending by Chief Scientist Dr. George Rose

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