Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 3/18/2014
NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker departed Norfolk, VA on 12 March 2014 for its home port of San Diego, CA. She should arrive in San Diego at the end of this month. NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker is the fifth in a series of the most technologically advanced fisheries vessels in the world. The vessel is named after the late Dr. Reuben Lasker, who served as the Director of Southwest Fisheries Science Center’s Coastal Fisheries Division. Once the ship arrives in San Diego, it is scheduled to conduct a series of mission trials in April and May. In July, she will begin her first survey, a cetacean and ecosystem assessment in the California Current called CalCurCEAS. You can follow the ship’s progress from Norfolk through the Panama Canal to San Diego at: ShipTracker.NOAA.gov . Please visit the following websites for more information about NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker: http://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?id=5704 https://facebook.com/NOAAShipReubenLasker http://moc.noaa.gov/rl NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker Philip Roots (l), Naval Architect, and Dr. Roger Hewitt (r), SWFSC Assistant Director, are pictured on the bow of NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker enjoying the trip from Norfolk to San Diego. Both were instrumental in bringing the ship from concept to completion.