The MF00-05 cruise itinerary and plot are included in the attachments
The Miller Freeman departed Kodiak on the
18th of April for a touch and go in Dutch Harbor to load scientists and
mooring equipment for the Bering Sea operations. During the transit to
Dutch Harbor the CRAB temperature mooring at Pavlof Bay was serviced by
recovering the mooring, exchanging the instrumentation and re-deploying
the mooring at the same location. The Unimak Pass CTD lines A and D were
also completed before the T&G in Dutch Harbor on April 21st.
After the mooring equipment was loaded
aboard the Miller Freeman, the ship departed Dutch Harbor for the Unimak
Pass CTD line B to complete the third line of the Unimak Pas CTD box. After
completing line B, the ship moved on to the Bristol Bay CRAB temperature
mooring sites KC-1 and KC-2. Both moorings were recovered and re-deployed.
At site# 2, two subsurface moorings were
recovered and a third mooring would not respond to release commands. A
search and dragging attempt was tried. It appeared the mooring had been
moved to about 0.6 mile east of its original position. This position was
from a sonar sounding observed during the search. A further attempt
to recover this mooring will be made in September. Three moorings including
a surface mooring were deployed at site# 2. The CTD grid of five CTDs was
completed before leaving site# 2.
At site# 4, two moorings were deployed and the CTD grid was completed.
At site# 3, three moorings were deployed
including a surface mooring. The same CTD grid was completed at site# 3.
The CTD line from the shelf break to mooring site# 6 was completed.
Mooring 99BS-6 was recovered and re-deployed. Three Seimac Drifting Buoys
were deployed on the transit from site# 6 to Unimak Pass.
CTDs at Unimak Pass Line A were again completed
before returning to Dutch Harbor to complete the MF00-05 cruise.