Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA

2009 Cooperative Monkfish Survey

Vessel Email Reports F/V Endurance Leg 5
Thursday, 30 April 2009 Things have gotten a bit frustrating on the Endurance since last message. They have not been able to find enough fish for another depletion experiment. After numerous attempts in known monkfish habitat and at sites of depletions from previous years, they have now returned to the area that they and the Mary K had success a few days ago. Hopefully they will be able to get one more experiment done before heading home. I predict they will hit the fish just about the time everyone is exhausted form looking.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 The crew on the Endurance has spent the last day working on a depletion experiment with the rockhopper net. Things were going well until the tide turned and the catches jumped rather than dropped. It seems the current is affecting the actual placement of the net or is causing the fish to move. They will go back to working with the cookie net in the hopes of improving the outcome. More tomorrow, Rob
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 Just had a chat with Alicia on the Endurance. They spent all of yesterday searching for a depletion site and just when they were about to give up and get some rest, they finally found the fish. This was at midnight and they had to work until 7 am to finish the experiment. They are now getting some well earned rest and will start another experiment this afternoon. Hopefully they will still be in the fish. Everyone keep your fingers crossed. Rob
Monday, 27 April 2009 The Endurance left New Bedford about 11am last Thursday and headed for southeast Georges. After a bumpy ride out the weather settled down and they began picking away at the last 8 stations of the survey. They had a rough time with a few tear-ups in the deep strata but managed to get all the stations done by early Sunday. Check out some interesting catch data below!

They attempted one depletion experiment after the survey tows were done, but did not find fish. They will continue working their way west looking for enough fish to work on. They have been in touch with the Mary K and will likely end up in their general area (sw of the lightship) before long.

Station, Strata-tow, kg, number, notes
399, 14-2, 10.2, 4
400, 15-3, , no spread haulback
401, 15-5, 4.2, 1, re-tow 15-3
402, 13-6, 8.38, 3, cookie sweep
403, 18-2, 31.58, 12, cookie sweep
404, 18-1, , tear up
405, 18-3, 192, 54, re-tow 18-11, 6.8 kg halibut
406, 17-2, 0, 0, cookie sweep
407, 17-1, , cookie sweep tear up
408, 17-3, 3.28, 2, re-tow 17-1 rock hopper sweep
409, 16-4, 13.7, 5, cookie sweep

410, strata 13, depletion attempt - no monks
Captain suggests monkfish on spring-break

Saturday, 25 April 2009 SENT BY BOATRACS BOAT-TO-EMAIL SERVICE

FROM:ENDURANCE
MESSAGE:LAB,
LEFT THURS MORNING. BUMPY RIDE TO SE GEORGES. ARRIVED 1ST STA FRI AFTER- NOON. WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL. 7 STATIONS COMPLETED (2 RETOWS).
STA ST/TOW WT # NOTES
399 14-2 10.2 4
400 15-3 NO SPREAD HAULBK EARLY
401 15-5 4.2 1 RETOW 15-3
402 13-6 8.38 3 COOKIE
403 18-2 31.58 12 COOKIE
404 18-1 TEAR UP
405 18-3 IN THE WATER RETOW 18-1
ALICIA

Vessel Email Reports F/V Endurance Leg 4
Sunday, 29 March 2009 The Endurance returned to port about 4pm Sunday. The weather was deteriorating on Georges and the forecast looks bad for a couple of days. They completed 10 tows while they were out there (including one re-tow). Here is the specific information:

Station, Strata-Tow, KG, Number, Notes
389, 13-1, 0, 0
390, 13-5, 0, 0
391, 15-2, , , foul set
392, 15-3, 59, 28, re-tow of 15-2
393, 14-3, 21, 12
394, 14-1, 9, 3
395, 13-3, 0.7, 1
396, 13-7, 0, 0
397, 19-3, 0, 0
398, 9-3, 0,

Thursday, 26March 2009 After a few days delay due to weather, the Endurance left New Bedford on Leg 4 of the Cooperative Monkfish Survey today at 11am. They will begin working just east of the Great South Channel on the southwest part of Georges.
Vessel Email Reports F/V Endurance Leg 3
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 The Endurance is finishing up work in strata 23 and 24, the northern most portion of the Great South Channel. The have completed 5 tows with a hang mixed in since their last message. They expect to work there way home, through strata 9, and arrive in New Bedford tomorrow afternoon.

Stations since last update:

Station, Strata-tow, Kg, Number, Notes
381, 23-5, 3.4, 1
382, 24-3, , , hang
383, 24-7, 4.2, 4, re-tow of 24-3
384, 24-5, 42.2, 14
385, 24-6, 1.7, 1

Monday, 16 March 2009 The Endurance crew has been very busy since we spoke on Friday - they have completed 18 stations since that time. The weather is good and everyone is having an enjoyable trip. They are moving into an area (strata 23/24) where Armando hopes to see enough monks for a depletion experiment or two. We'll keep our fingers crossed for them.

Stations since last report:

Station, Strata-tow, Kg, Number, Notes
363, 22-1, 7.9, 4
364, 21-1, 0, 0
365, 22-2, 5.4, 3
366, 29-1, 16.4, 4
367, 29-5, 41.7, 17
368, 29-3, 54.0, 19
369, 29-6, 14.6, 3
370, 21-2, 5.8, 2
371, 20-1, 0, 0
372,20-2, 0, 0
373, 16-1, 0, 0
374, 16-3, 0, 0
375, 16-2, 0, 0
376, 19-2, 0, 0, moved 11nm SSE
377, 16-5, 0, 0
378, 13-8, 0, 0
379, 19-4, 0, 0, moved 21nm SW
380, 19-1, 0,0

Friday, 13 March 2009 The seas settled down yesterday afternoon and the Endurance crew was back at work about 3pm. Since that time they have completed five stations. They are presently working in Franklin Basin just north of Georges and Cultivator shoals. The weather looks good for the next few days so I expect they should continue to make significant progress. Hopefully they will be up on Georges before too long. Stations since last report:

Station, Strata-tow, kg, number, notes
358, 37-2, 39.9, 29
359, 28.4, 60.8, 25
360, 29.2, 6.9, 7
361, 24-2, 13.2, 8
362, 24-1, 24.6, 15

Thursday, 12 March 2009 Yesterdays lovely weather has caught up with the Endurance. They completed one tow after yesterdays message and things went down hill soon after. They have been jogging around 28-4 ever since and hope to begin working again later tonight. The forecast is good for the next 4 or 5 days so they will have the opportunity to catch up when things settle down. Be thankful you are on land today rather than in the GOM!

Station, Strata-tow, kg, number
358, 37-2, 40.0, 29

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 From Russ on the Endurance. They have been working in the Gulf of Maine since early this morning. It is a bit windy but still manageable with 4 to 6 foot seas. They have completed 2 tows so far and should be setting out the third about noon. Progress so far:

Station, Strata-tow, kg, number, notes
355, 28-5, , , foul set - no spread
356, 28-8, 45.9, 29, re-tow of 28-5
357, 28-7, 55.4, 26

Vessel Email Reports F/V Endurance Leg 2
Wednesday, 3 March 2009 The Endurance left Cape Cod Bay at 2am Tuesday and headed for the Great South Channel to resume the survey. Since that time they have completed 6 tows (see below), with no monkfish catches They plan to do 3 or 4 more stations before heading to the barn and expect to arrive in New Bedford mid to late morning tomorrow.

We couldn't have hoped for a more successful cruise. They accomplished many station, even with a loss of time due to weather. And recovering our shrimp survey gear was a real boon - a very BIG cherry on the top. Everyone did a great job.

Station, Strata-tow, kg, number, notes
346, 23-2, 0, 0
347, 25-3, 0, 0
348, 25-2, 0, 0, inclinometer
349, 25-4, 0, 0, moved SE, hung at 15 minutes
350, 25-5, 0, 0, retow of 349/25-4
351, 25-1, 0, 0, moved 8nm SE

nearly ready to tow at 10-1

Tuesday, 3 March 2009 Things have gotten exciting on the Endurance since the last message. They broke off survey work late in the afternoon on Friday in the hopes of finding a shrimp trawl, doors and all, that we left on the bottom off Cape Anne some time ago. They located the gear on the sounder during the first pass. On the second pass with the grapple they hit pay dirt and after only 2 hours, at about 9:30pm, all the gear was secure on board. They steamed into Gloucester where all was boomed onto our flatbed Saturday morning.

The vessel departed Gloucester about 3pm and began survey work N of Gloucester. They completed 4 stations before having to head in due to weather (see below). As of yesterday they were anchored up off Provincetown in the lee of the Cape. The plan was to leave port after the wind turned to the NW and start working the Great South Channel stations SE of the Cape in hopes of getting some protection. The wind never really made it to the NW so they may still be on the hook. We'll hear more in a couple of hours.

Station, Strata-Tow, KG, Number, Notes
341, 27-3, 0.9, 2, finished before breaking off for shrimp net
342, 26-5, 22.6, 13, inclinometer
343, 40-1, 3.26, 6, inclinometer
344, 26-1, 0, 0
345, 28-3, 19.28, 12

Friday, 27 February 2009 The Endurance continues to work it's way north in the western Gulf of Maine. They are now off Ipswich Bay and things are going well. Here is their progress since yesterday:

Station, Strata-tow, Kg, Number, Notes
335, 26-2, 0.63, 1
336, 26-4, tear up - cookie sweep broken - back to rockhopper
337, 26-6, 0, 0, re-tow of 24-4 - 670 kg cod!
338, 26-3, 0.85, 2, inclinometer
339, 27-4, 3.58, 12
340, 27-1, 43.8, 24, special sampling

Tow 341 at 27-3 is in the water. Once this tow is processed they will break off and spend a few hours trying to grapple up a shrimp net we left on a wreck some months ago. Keep your fingers crossed.

Thursday, 26 February 2009 Things are going well on the Endurance. They have completed 4 tows since the last update and are setting up for the fifth. They are working the southern portion of the Gulf of Maine and will soon be in Mass Bay heading north offshore of Cape Anne. Everyone is doing well and the weather is holding. Station, Strata-Tow, Kg, Number, Notes
331, 28-8, 17.1, 14
332, 28-6, 20.02, 12
333, 28-1, 121.46, 26, inclinometer
334, 23-3, 0, 0at 26-2 and switching to cookie sweep
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 The Endurance reached it's first tow at 4am today after leaving New Bedford yesterday at 11 am. They hung a few minutes into the first tow and had to haul back. There was no damage and they re-towed very near the original site. The are now doing their fourth station (see list below). The weather is good and the new crews (both scientific and ship) are getting the routine down. Station, Strata-Tow, Kg, Number, Notes
328, 24-4, Hung-aborted
329, 24-7,1.46,3, retow of 328
330, 28-2, 53.34, 22, special sampling
331, 28-8, in water now
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 F/V Endurance left New Bedford at 11am this morning for leg 2 of the 2009 survey. The Endurance will begin on stations east of the Cape and work their way back up into the GOM.
Vessel Email Reports F/V Endurance Leg 1
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

All,
Just talked to Sean on the Endurance. Things continue to go well with good weather. They are presently sampling in strata 40 about 25 miles S/E of Biddeford, ME. The weather is expected to deteriorate tonight so I expect they will be heading for home sometime late today or tomorrow morning. Their progress since yesterday is as follows:

Station Strata-Tow KG Number Notes
322 38-3 0.72 2
323 40-2 2.27 13 special sampling
324 37-7 25.41 39 too deep for depletion
325 37-3 36.52 49 too deep for depletion
326 40.3 3.72 8 processing now

They are heading to 27-2 and will keep working as long as the weather holds.
Rob

Tuesday, 17 February 2009 After making some relatively minor repairs on Friday in Rockland Maine, the F/V Endurance headed back out at 4:30 pm Saturday. They are making slow but steady progress. They have been dealing with a lot of hard-bottom and even more lobster gear. Most of the stations have had to be moved, some a significant distance (see below). Even though, they are plowing ahead and I am very pleased with their progress. Below is the list of stations accomplished since they left on Saturday.

Station Strata-tow Kg Number Notes
312 38-5 1.5 1
313 38-2 0 0
314 39-4 0.234 2 moved 35nm S/E, inclinometer
315 39-3 0.66 1 moved 13nm S/E
316 37-6 13.9 19 special sample
317 38-1 2.58 5

Rob

Thursday, 12 February 2009 All,
Just heard from Sean. Things continue to go well with calm seas and good weather. They are working close to shore way downeast and are preparing for some bad weather to move in later today. All equipment is holding together and the fisherman and scientists are in the groove.

Here is their progress since yesterday:

Station Strata-tow Kg Number Notes
305 36-5 0 0 306 36-2 aborted after a few minutes - net not tending
307 36-8 18.5 3 retow of 36-2
308 36-3 32.67 14 special sample
309 36-1 22.68 15 inclinometer
310 36-7 4.72 3 311 39-2 in water moved 2.5nm SE due to fixed gear

Thanks, Rob

Wednesday, 11 February 2009 SENT BY BOATRACS BOAT-TO-EMAIL SERVICE

Anne,
Everything is going well. The weather is good and both the fisherman and scientists are getting the hang of the routine. We have completed 5 tows and the 6th is coming on board now - see below for details. More tomorrow.

station strata-tow kg number note
300 29-4 23.4 16
301 37-4 0.46 1
302 37-5 42.7 32 inclinometer
303 36-6 26.6 20
304 36-4 3.96 6
305 hauling back now inclinometer

Sean


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