Fisheries Resources Division Sets Sail for the 2019 Spring CalCOFI Cruise

Fisheries Resources Division (FRD) scientists are teaming up with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography this April for the 2019 Spring CalCOFI Cruise. This is the 70th year of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) surveys off the coast of Southern and Central California. 

The survey will run from April 2 to 18, 2019, aboard the NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker. The vessel will attempt to occupy scheduled station locations between San Francisco and San Diego to survey the distributions of pelagic fish stocks, their prey, and their biotic and abiotic environments in the California Current. Staff onboard will collect a variety of data on the current oceanographic conditions of the California coastline, including Continuous Underway Fish Egg Sampler (CUFES) data to estimate the distributions and abundances of spawning Hake, Northern Anchovy, mackerels, and Pacific Sardine. Sea-surface temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll-a data will also be collected to estimate the physical oceanographic habitats for target species. These are just two of the several objectives outlined for the survey. 

Weekly updates on the progress of this cruise and others can be found at Fisheries Resources Division Survey Logs

Read more about the FRD CalCOFI Program

2019 Spring CalCOFI CTD Large

CalCOFI CTD being deployed on station 93/50 during the spring CalCOFI survey. Photo credit James Wilkinson/SIO-CalCOFI