Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA

2009 Cooperative Monkfish Survey

Vessel Email Reports F/V Mary K Leg 5
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 The crew on the Mary K have now completed 4 depletion experiments. They began a fifth this morning but by the second tow had net performance problems and the experiment had to be terminated. They are now headed into shoal water to complete the last 2 calibrations tows before heading for home. They expect to be in New Bedford around noon tomorrow.
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 Just spoke with Nathan on the Mary K. They have completed 3 depletion experiments and are scouting a site to do a 4th at this time. After they finish the depletion work, they have 2 more wing/door calibration tows to accomplish in 20 fathoms (it was too rough on the way out to do them). As of now, the plan is to return to New Bedford around noon on Thursday. Rob
Monday, 27 April 2009 SENT BY BOATRACS BOAT-TO-EMAIL SERVICE

FROM:CHIEF SCIENTIST MK
MESSAGE:FINISHED CALIBRATION OF SENSOR AND FIRST DEPLETION EXPERIMENT. HOPE
TO GET TWO DONE TODAY. NK

Monday, 27 April 2009 The Mary K left New Bedford about 11am last Thursday morning. The headed toward south onto the shelf to do some net geometry experiments. They quickly discovered that both sets of wing sensors were not working properly. Since that time they have been using a spare set of door sensors on the wings and have gotten good door and wing spread data for tows out to 150 fathoms. Beyond 150 they have been losing the wings spread data but have good door spread info.

They began looking for depletions sites on Saturday and stumbled across fish yesterday. They have accomplished one depletion experiment and are getting ready to start another this morning. Hopefully they can stay on the fish and get some good data.

More to come.

Vessel Email Reports F/V Mary K Leg 4
Thursday, 2 April 2009 The Mary K is headed to the last station of Leg 4. They should finish that up about 3 or 4 this afternoon and head for home. This would bring them in to New Bedford soon after noon tomorrow. The did well, finishing their last 5 tows and completing 4 tows that had been assigned to the Endurance. This drops the total remaining stations in the survey to 8.

Hers are the details:

Station, Strata-Tow, Kg, Number, Notes
112, 10-3, 0, 0
113, 14-1, 23.9, 13, special sampling
114, 15-1, 52.6, 21, moved east to other side of canyon
115, 13-2, 3.6, 2

headed to 13-4

Wednesday, 1 April 2009 The Mary K has finished 4 stations since leaving New Bedford yesterday morning. The weather is good and they hope to complete at least 4 more stations before heading for home. Here are the details:

Station, Strata-Tow, Kg, Number, Notes
108, 9-5, 0, 0
109, 10-4, 23.8, 14
110, 10-6, 1.5, 3
111, 10-5, 0.4, 1

Monday, 31 March 2009 The Mary K was sent packing by bad weather coming in Saturday evening. They arrived in New Bedford around noon on Sunday. Since the last message they have continued working Southern New England waters and have completed an additional 10 stations. Here are the details:

Station, Strata-Tow, KG, Number, Notes
98, 8-2, 80.2, 25
99, 81-2, 160.7, 50
100, 81-1, 98.8, 35
101, 121-1, 150.7, 51
102, 11-1, 51.6, 28
103, 121-2, 164.3, 50, moved west - 112cm (25kg) monkfish! record breaker?
104, 12-1, 3.1, 2, moved 9 nm west due to fixed gear
105, 11-2, 2.3, 2
106, 10-7, 3.4, 1
107, 10-2, 0, 0

They left New Bedford at 10am this morning and headed south to finish up the 5 remaining SNE stations. If any time is left after completing these stations they will hunt around for depletion sites. We should see them in Ned Bedford sometime Friday.

Thursday, 26 March 2009 Just heard from Anne on the Mary K. The weather is great and things are going reasonably well. The have had a few hangs working the hard bottom SE of Block Island but are making good progress otherwise. The stations accomplished since leaving New Bedford are as follows:

Station, Strata-tow, KG, Number, Notes
91, 5-1, 0, 0
92, 5-4, , , hung
93, 5-6, , , re-tow - hung again
94, 5-7, , , re-tow - hung again
95, 6-8, 11.8, 6
96, 6-2, 10.2, 7

7-2 in the water

Thursday, 26 March 2009 After a few days delay, the Mary K left New Bedford on Leg 4 of the Cooperative Monkfish Survey yesterday March 25th at 11am. They will begin working in strata 5 between Block Island and the Vineyard.
Vessel Email Reports F/V Mary K Leg 3
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 SENT BY BOATRACS BOAT-TO-EMAIL SERVICE

FROM:CHIEF SCI MARY K
MESSAGE:WE BROKE OPERATIONS THIS MORNING AT 5AM TO RUN FOR HOME AFTER COMPLETING 34 STATIONS.CATCHES THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS HAVE BEEN MADE UP PRIMARILY OF SKATES AND DOGFISH.WE STILL ENCOUNTERED A NUMBER OF MONKFISH BUT NOT IN THE SAME NUMBERS AS WHEN WE
WERE OFFSHORE. I HAVE ENJOYED THIS CRUISE VERY MUCH AS WELL AS ALL THE PEOPLE ON IT. THE COMRADERY AND TEAMWORK BETWEEN THE SCIENTISTS AND THE SHIPS CREW HAS BEEN GREAT TO SEE.
I THINK IT REALLY DEFINES COOPERATIVE RESEARCH. I ENJOY SEEING THE COMMERCIAL FISHING COMMUNITY AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY WORKING AND LIVING SO WELL TOGETHER ABOARD THIS
VESSEL.

GEOFF SHOOK -CHIEF SCIENTIST
LEG 3 MARY K

Tuesday, 17 March 2009 Some weather caught up with the Mary K last night and they had to stop sampling for about 12 hours. They completed 3 stations since the update yesterday and are back at work now. They hope to complete 3 more stations before heading in to New Bedford tomorrow. I expect they will be at the dock between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.

Stations since yesterday:

Station, Strata-tow, Kg, Number
84, 1-4, 16.0, 4
85, 6-7, 40.6, 8
86, 5-2, 0, 0

Monday, 16 March 2009 The gang on the Mary K are really going at it, having completed 15 stations since Fridays message. The weather has been great and it should remain so through the end of the cruise. They should finish their loop sometime early Wednesday morning. They will then decide whether to come in and get some rest or stay out and try and get a depletion experiment done in an area Captain Henri thinks will have lots of monks.

Stations since last report:

Station, Strata-tow, Kg, Number, notes
69, 41-2, 208.2, 71, moved ESE
70, 2-2, 18.1, 12
71, 2-6, 6.6, 5
72, 2.4, 24.5, 15
73, 2-1, 58.3, 30
74, 2.5, 51.9, 19, moved 2.5nm SW due to gear
75, 1-3, 0, 0
76, 2-3, 2.2, 1
77, 74-1, 5.2, 4
78, 73-1, 6.5, 5
79, 73-4, 0.3, 3
80, 1-2, 2.6, 10
81, 1-6, 0,0
82, 1-1, 6.9, 1
83, 1-5, 0.1, 1

headed to 1-4

Friday, 13 March 2009 SENT BY BOATRACS BOAT-TO-EMAIL SERVICE

FROM:CHIEF SCI MARY K
MESSAGE:ALTHOUGH IT IS COLD, THE SEAS HAVE LAID DOWN FOR US GIVING US THE CHANCE TO REALLY CRANK OUT SOME STATIONS. BOTH WATCHES ARE IN THE GROOVE AND PROCESSING STATIONS WITH
GREAT EFFICIENCY. WE ARE CURRENTLY PROCESSING OUR LAST DEEPWATER STATION FOR THIS LEG AND WILL BE SPENDING THE REMAINDER OF THE TRIP PICKING UP THE "INSHORE" STATIONS EAST OF NEW
JERSEY AND SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND. THIS LAST DEEPWATER TOW HAS GIVEN US PLENTY OF MONKFISH TO WORK WITH, OVER 208KG. WE ALSO ENCOUNTERED 216KG OF RED CRABS AT THIS STATION. SO FAR WE HAVE CAUGHT 3 OF THE ELUSIVE BLACKFIN MONKFISH. THEY WILL BE RETURNING TO THE LAB WITH US FOR FURTHER STUDY. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL LATE WINTER TO BE AT SEA. THE GANNETS AND GULLS HAVE BEEN
CONSTANT COMPANY AND EVERYONE HAS BEEN ENJOYING WATCHING THE GANNETTS FEED.
ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND, I KNOW WE WILL.

GEOFF SHOOK CHIEF SCIENTIST MARY K.

Friday, 13 March 2009

The Mary K continues to bang out the offshore stations. The weather has improved and they are making good progress, finishing up the deep stuff near Hudson Canyon. They have one more deep tow and then they will head up onto the shelf. Hopefully they will have the opportunity to do a depletion experiment or two in the next couple of days. Stations since last report:

Station, Strata-tow, kg, number, notes
63, 8-1, 88.1, 35
64, 6-4, 15.0, 15, moved a little SE
65, 3-4, 10.1, 5
66, 41-3, 193.5, 72
67, 3-3, 34.8, 9
68, 4-1, 116.2, 41, mover S 10 nm-2 blackfin monks

headed to 41-2

Thursday, 12 March 2009

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FROM:CHIEF SCI MARY K MESSAGE:GREETINGS FROM THE MARY K. ALTHOUGH THE WEATHER HAS BEEN TRYING TO SLOW US DOWN, WE CONTINUE TO CRANK OUT STATIONS. WE HAVE COMPLETED 6 STATIONS SO FAR AFTER LEAVING A DAY LATE AND LOOSING A FEW HOURS JOGGING LAST NIGHT. WE HAVE BEEN ENCOUNTERING MONKFISH AT EVERY STATION THE LARGEST SO FAR COMING IN AT 84 CM. OUR LARGEST CATCH OF MONKFISH SO FAR WAS AT 81-3 WITH 47 FISH WEIGHING IN AT OVER 121KG . WE ALSO HAD A TOW OF DEEPSEA RED CRABS WEIGHING IN AT OVER 300KG. THIS MORNING WE CAUGHT A NICE SIZE TILEFISH IN WITH A TOW OF MONKFISH AND SPINY DOGFISH. AS LONG AS THE WEATHER HOLDS WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK THE OFFSHORE STATIONS FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
GEOFF SHOOK-CHIEF SCIENTIST MARY K.

Thursday, 12 March 2009 Just spoke with Geoff and the work is coming along on the Mary K. He has been struggling with some computer issues and label printing problems but it has not stopped them from getting stations done. The wind came up early this morning and they had to suspend fishing for about 10 hours, but the seas are coming down and they are getting ready to set out again.soon. They have also had problems with great amounts of fixed gear in some sampling areas. This has caused them to move inshore/offshore on a day/night cycle so they can do the stations near gear when they can see the highflyers well. Considering all the hurdles, they are doing great. Station progress so far:

Station, Strata-tow, Kg, Number, Notes
57, 6-5, 17.1, 5
58, 6-6, 34.0, 25
59, 8-3, 78.5, 31
60, 7-1, 24.2, 8
61, 81-3, 121.6, 47
62, 6-9, 21.1, 13

heading to 8-1

Vessel Email Reports F/V Mary K Leg 2
Wednesday, 3 March 2009 The Mary K left Cape May early yesterday and resumed sampling on the shelf off southern New Jersey. They have completed 6 stations since that time (see below) with few monks in the mix. They have another 3 stations lined up before they pack it in around 6 pm. If that schedule holds they should arrive in New Bedford around 3 pm tomorrow.

Considering the weather this was another very successful leg. Great job all around.

Station, Strata-tow, kg
49, 69-5, 0
50, 69-2, 0.3
51, 69-1, 0
52, 69-3, 2
53, 73-2, 1
54, 74-2, 0

Tuesday, 3 March 2009 The crew of the Mary K broke off work at about 5pm on Saturday due to awful weather. They headed toward Cape May and arrived in port about 8am Sunday. They spent Sunday and Monday tied up at the Lund Fisheries facility. The plan was to head out this morning and continue working.

Sixteen station were accomplished between the Thursday message and breaking off on Saturday - pretty impressive, especially since many of the tows were in deep water. Here are the details for the tows.

Station, Strata-tow, KG
35, 76-2, 281
36, 76-1, 82
37, 761-2, 128
38, 74-4, 5
39, 75-2, 12
40, 75-1, 21
41, 74-3, 14
42, 721-3, 380
43, 72-1, 244
44, 71-2, 3
45, 70-4, 14
46, 70-1, 25
47, 72-3, 3, retow of station 27 , 72-2
48, 69-4, 7

More soon...

Saturday, 28 February 2009 SENT BY BOATRACS BOAT-TO-EMAIL SERVICE

FROM:CS MARY K
MESSAGE:JUST COMPLETED OUR 20TH STATION OF THE TRIP AND THE WEATHER HAS HIT US TO. SOUNDS LIKE IT WILL BE BAD FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS SO WE MAY GO TO CAPE MAY. DEEP STATIONS ARE ALL
COMPLETED FOR THIS LEG AS WELL.
NATHAN

Thursday, 26 February 2009

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FROM:CHIEF SCIENCTIST MARY K
MESSAGE:SINCE WE LEFT PORT ON TUESDAY WE HAVE COMPLETED 9 STATIONS WITH SOME GREAT WEATHER AND HAVE SEEN SOME NICE CATCHES OF MONKS. WE ARE WORKING IN THE DEEPER OUTER STATAS AS WE WORK OUR WAY SOUTH BUT THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND COULD FORCE US CLOSER TO SHORE. I WOULD RATHER BE DUCK HUNTING. NATHAN K
KEITH CS

Thursday, 26 February 2009 The work continues to go well on the Mary K. They are working the deep water south of Hudson Canyon . Everyone is doing well and the weather is good. Progress since the last update: Station, Strata-Tow, Kg
30, 4-2, 61
31, 41-1, 55
32, 41-4, 262
33, 3-1, 12
34, 761-1, 118
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 Spoke to Nate on the Mary K a few moments ago. They arrived at their first station about 8am after leaving New Bedford at 11am yesterday. They have completed 2 stations since that time and are heading to the third (see list below). They are working the Hudson Canyon area now. The weather is good and all is well. Station, Strata-Tow, Kg, Notes
27, 4-3, 90
28, 3-2, 20
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 F/V Mary K left New Bedford at 11am this morning for leg 2 of the 2009 survey. The Mary K will head south to Delmarva and continue working on their tans as well as monkfish.
Vessel Email Reports F/V Mary K Leg 1
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
10:27 AM
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FROM:CHIEF SCI. MARY K
MESSAGE:WE HAVE CAUGHT SOME NICE CATCHES OF MONK OFFSHORE AND GETTING READY TO DEPLOY OUR LAST TOW FOR THIS LEG. SINCE LAST MESSAGE WE HAVE COMPLETED 10 MORE STATIONS AND HAPPY WITH OUR PROGRESS. WE HAVE WORKED UP SOME CATCHES IN ROUGH SEAS BUT ALWAYS GET A SMOOTH RIDE WHILE SAMPLING (AL-4 SHOULD GET SOME TIPS).
CS NATHAN KEITH

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

From Rob Johnston

Just touched base with Nathan on the Mary K. They continue to make significant progress despite some minor computer problems and having to jog in rough seas for 10 or 12 hours Sunday into Monday. The stations accomplished since the last message are as follows:

Station Strata-Tow
18 67-1
19 68-1
20 67-2
21 66-1
22 71-1
23 70-2
24 66-3
25 69-3
26 70-3

They are now heading to 72-2. The weather is forecast to deteriorate so after completing this station they will be heading for home with an ETA of early Friday morning.

Considering they lost 2.5 days due to weather I think this has been an extremely successful leg.
Rob

Tuesday, 17 February 2009 After spending Thursday and Friday in Norfolk due to high winds and seas, the F/V Mary K headed back out on Saturday morning. They have made good progress since that time and accomplished most of the stations in the two southern most strata sets. Monkfish catches have been light except in the deeper strata. Below is their progress through Monday at 10am.

Station Strata-Tow
5 65-4
6 65-5
7 66-2
8 63-2
9 61-2
10 61-3
11 61-1
12 64-1
13 63-1
14 62-2
15 64-2
16 68-2

Rob

Tuesday, 17 February 2009 After spending Thursday and Friday in Norfolk due to high winds and seas, the F/V Mary K headed back out on Saturday morning. They have made good progress since that time and accomplished most of the stations in the two southern most strata sets. Monkfish catches have been light except in the deeper strata. Below is their progress through Monday at 10am.

Station Strata-Tow
5 65-4
6 65-5
7 66-2
8 63-2
9 61-2
10 61-3
11 61-1
12 64-1
13 63-1
14 62-2
15 64-2
16 68-2

Rob

Monday, 16 February 2009
12:39 PM
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FROM:NATHAN KEITH CHIEF SCC. MARY K
MESSAGE:SINCE LEAVING NORFOLK WE HAVE COMPLETED 12 STATIONS AND ALMOST TO LOCATION 68-2. THE OUTER STRATA HAVE SHOWN GOOD NUMBERS OF MONKS TO KEEP US BUSY BUT STILL PUTTING ON WEIGHT DUE TO THE EXCELLENT FOOD. CS

Thursday, 12 February 2009
 

From Rob Johnston

Just heard from Nate. They are in Norfolk since early this morning. The weather has deteriorated significantly (sound familiar?).

Apparently the CG arranged for them to tie up at the Little Creek Sub-base. The fella on watch at the base however forgot to tell the MP's who promptly boarded the vessel in a flurry at sunrise. At one point there were 6 patrol cars, lights flashing on the dock. The MP's made multiple inspection!!! Nate said he got some pics. So much for getting some rest...

They are moving over to AMC now and expect to be berthed next to our old friend Albatross IV. The weather looks to improve tomorrow so hopefully they will head out in an effort to complete the southern most stations.

They completed 4 stations (after a loooong steam) before breaking off:

Station Strata-tow kg (approx.) Number
1 65-1 0 0
2 65-6 0 0
3 65-2 30 5
4 65-3 3 1

I'll keep you all updated

Rob

P.S. It looks like the weather will deteriorate in the GOM today. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Endurance head into port sometime soon. I expect to talk to Sean at 11am.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009
10:56 am

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FROM:NATHAN KEITH CS MARY K
MESSAGE:JUST FINISHED OUR 2ND STATION AND THINGS GOING WELL EXCEPT BAD WEATHER COMING OUR WAY. NATE

Monday, 9 February 2009

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Anne,
All is well here. We took the long steam south and ran into some weather last night so moved inshore. We are on our third station 65-2. We complete 65-1 and 65-6 earlier. All equipment is running as it should and the fisherman and scientists are getting used to the routine. It's a little slow now but we'll pick up the pace as time goes on. Looking at some big wind later today so we are working our way inshore to find some protection. More later.
Nate

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