West Coast Fisheries Survey Vessels

Watch the video from the launch of the NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel (FSV), Pisces, in Moss Point, Mississippi, and view the photographs of the production of NOAA's next Fisheries Survey Vessel, the Bell M. Shimada.

The NOAA FSV Pisces was christened and launched on December 19, 2007, at the VM Halter Marine shipyard in Moss Point, Mississippi. An additional six months of outfitting and interior finish work is anticipated before she will be commissioned in mid-2008 for fisheries survey work in the Gulf coast area. The Pisces is the third in a series of four ultra-quiet fish survey vessels being built by Halter for NOAA.

On June 15, 2007, NOAA’s Southwest and Northwest Fisheries Science Centers and VT Halter Marine celebrated the keel laying, signifying their start of construction, for the NOAA FSV Bell M. Shimada, which will be homeported on the U.S. west coast. The keel laying ceremony was attended by NOAA dignitaries, VT Halter Marine personnel, as well as the winning team from Marina High School in California who helped select the name of the ship.  View the latest photographs of the Shimada under construction.