Our ecological team is hard at work finalizing the preparation for field season. We are assembling the SMURF moorings for deployment in early May. Assembling moorings includes preparing temperature and oxygen sensors so that they can accurately collect oceanographic data.
Part of our volunteer network for ecological monitoring includes biological assistants that help us collect and record data during field work. We hosted a virtual training this month and trained 20 biological assistants for our hook-and-line surveys which will be performed at Cape Falcon Marine Reserve out of Garibaldi and at Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve out of Port Orford.
Lastly, our ecological team is prepping for the SCUBA, hook-and-line, and longline surveys. Look for our May newsletter and blog posts for more ecological monitoring field season updates.