Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Cruise progress: 19 October 2009

As of yesterday 19th October, transects 10, 3 and 2 have been completed (see also map, blog entry 9-Oct-2009)! Due to some delays with national research permits, more time that anticipated was initially spent in the close vicinity of the Comoros islands. Nonetheless, since then, the first three transects have been completed and we are now on our way back to the islands while undertaking stations on transect 3. To date, physical, chemical and chlorophyll measurements have been obtained at some 39 stations and full environmental stations (incl. zooplankton and phytoplankton collection) at 19 locations. Additionally, one demersal trawl was carried out south of Grande Comore and a total of 12 surface and meso-pelagic trawls.
With the exception of some rough weather and swell after rounding the northern tip of Madagascar, conditions for sampling have so far been favourable. During the latter transect, multi-net deployments were deemed too risky.

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