NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow (FSV 225)
The NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow is the newest vessel assigned to the National Marine Fisheries Service's Northeast Fisheries Science Center and one of the newest additions to the Fisheries Survey Vessel class research ship built to modernize the NOAA fleet. Launched in 2006, she replaced the Albatross IV in the spring of 2009. The Bigelow is operated by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.
Henry B. Bigelow supports NOAA's mission to protect, restore and manage the use of living marine, coastal, and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. Its primary objective is the study and monitoring of northeast and mid-Atlantic marine fisheries and marine mammals, ranging from Maine to North Carolina. The ship continually reports weather, sea state, and other environmental conditions while at sea. The Henry B. Bigelow contributes data to the Shipboard Automated Meteorological and Oceanographic System (SAMOS) every day the ship is at sea.
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