| Cruise report, NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette, Cruise SE-12-01, 12 March 2012-26 March 2012, offshore fishing banks around American Samoa - :9072 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
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Cruise report, NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette, Cruise SE-12-01, 12 March 2012-26 March 2012, offshore fishing banks around American Samoa
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    "The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette was engaged in Fisheries Research as support for the Ecosystems and Oceanography Division (EOD) and Life History Program (LHP) of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The six primary missions involved A) oceanographic surveys of offshore fishing banks around American Samoa; B) the collection of adult eteline snappers and groupers for age, growth and maturity studies; C) midwater trawling surveys to characterize the distribution and abundance of early life history stages of insular species and pelagic forage assemblages; D) surface plankton/neuston tows and collection of fish stomach samples to survey microplastics distribution and abundance; E) oblique plankton tows to acquire copepod specimens for genetic studies; and F) utilization of BotCam to characterize behavior of deepwater bottomfishing gear. Daytime operations included conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) deployments, surface net tows using a Mini-Manta neuston net, a 1.8-m Isaacs-Kidd Midwater Trawl (IKMT), 1-m obliquely towed ring net, small boat operations for deepwater bottomfishing, and BotCam. Nighttime operations consisted of Cobb midwater trawl and 1-m obliquely towed ring net"--Type of operation.

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