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Nice weather: Time for an experiment (blog by Ingeborg)

Published on
July 11, 2012

The second part of the herring acoustic survey is three days on its way now, and nothing really special happened (read previous blogs to learn more about the acoustic survey in general).

However, tonight this might be different! The weather over here is very nice (thank you all for your concerns, but we are fine), see map. Dark blue=no wind. We are more or less where the red dot is.

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We all like the good weather, and this time we’re going to make advantage of it. We’ve taken a small towed body on board which might allow us to look at fish which is near the surface. The construction has been used before, but not on board Tridens, and not equipped with the tools we’d like to put onto it.

Originally, the experiment was scheduled for Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, when we are near the coast where fish in the surface layer is more abundant than where we are now. However, this type of weather seldomly occurs, so we’ve decided to at least start the experiment to test the the functionality of the towed body. Things had to be prepared, as it was quite unexpected. And so…

Bram discussed the plan with the crew….
Bram discussed the plan with the crew….
Dirk prepared the technical part of the gear….
Dirk prepared the technical part of the gear….
the crew prepared the cable so it cannot slip through their fingers….
the crew prepared the cable so it cannot slip through their fingers….
and Bram sorted out the right cables…..
and Bram sorted out the right cables…..

In theory, it should work like this:

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So, we’ll see what happens tonight….everyone is getting a bit excited!