NMFS/PSB Aerial Survey May 16, 2000

From: mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Date: Fri May 19 2000 - 12:57:30 EDT


Subject: Re: NMFS/PSB Aerial Survey May 16, 2000
> Flight Summary for May 16, 2000 - NEFSC, PSB
>
> The NEFSC/PSB aerial survey for 5/16/00 departed Plymouth and
started in Great
> South Channel on Scopex line 21, which we followed eastbound to
4157N/6815W
to begin
58%> South Channel on Scopex line 21, which we followed eastbound to
4157N/6815W
to begin
> tracklines which again covered the Northern Edge of Georges Bank as far
northeast as
> 4219N/6700W.
> Near the eastern end of the Scopex line 21(4139N/6935W), about 25
humpback whales
> were observed bubble feeding in association with 45 white-sided
dolphins.
One right
> whale was observed at 4156N/6856W and it was headed in a northwest
direction.
> Once at the northern edge of Georges Bank, a large aggregation of
sei,
right and
> finbacks were observed. In this area, copepod patches were visible. At
4218N/6732W, 3
> right whales were observed. Further east at 4212N/6714W, a busy group
of
feeding sei
> (+10), finbacks (+7) and right whales (about 18) were observed. At
4213N/6658W, two
> more right whales were located heading north-northwest. (These
Lat./Long.
correspond
> with the region commonly referred to the Northeast Channel, Georges
Basin and the
> Northern Edge of Georges Bank).
    Lastly, at 4158N/6756W (North of Georges Bank, and North of Georges
Shoal)
two Right
Whales were observed.
> In total there we observed 24 right whales. On the return trip home
to
Plymouth, MA,
> a number of dolphins were sighted (>30) and one harbor porpoise was
observed
at
4153N/6924W in Wilkinson Basin.
> The Beaufort sea state was favorable at 2 and 3, with good
sighting
conditions.
> Further information about the Scopex lines can be found on WhaleNet
Website
                        http://whale.wheelock.edu
and the Right Whale SAS web site maintained by WhaleNet

http://whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/reportsRW_NE/
Amy Lamb
NMFS/NEFSC/PSB
166 Water St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543
END166 Water St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543
508/495.2324
Amy.Lamb@noaa.gov
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