September 25, 2013
Once again the weather is a major factor in conducting our inshore surveys. We just got done with three days of sampling in Salisbury Sound, the only place we could get to due to the storms on the outer coast. Despite constant rain ( but thankfully little wind) we were able to get some good seining, acoustics, and oceanography work done. Seems like there are more juvenile shiner perch than usual. We also ran into some healthy-looking young Pacific cod, and of course more herring. We also picked up our mooring and redeployed it with plans to pick it back up next spring. If it survives, that is! We found that’s someone had shot our mooring buoy, with the bullet passing clean through. Thankfully the buoy stayed sufficiently inflated so that we didn’t lose the mooring. One of the risks you take doing inshore work! We are taking advantage of a lull in the storms (such as it is) to do some work in Sitka Sound and then scoot down to Whale Bay with another big low-pressure system nipping at our heels.