By Jamal Moss, NOAA Fisheries, on the Northwest Explorer
Our first day was spent steaming from Juneau to our first sampling station at the southern end of the southeast Alaska grid. The crew threw the lines at 6 am and Captain Ray put Juneau (Alaska’s capital city) on our stern. Scientists were soon roused from their bunks and pointing at all sorts of objects along Juneau’s waterfront. We had beautiful weather as we made our way down Stephens Passage and Chatham Strait and observed humpbacks, seabirds, and sea lions. Finishing touches were put on our sampling plan for the week to come as we steamed south.