Reef and Fishery Assessment of Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge

On April 23, 2009 scientists from the NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami Florida (SEFSC) departed from San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Their destination: the Navassa National Wildlife Refuge. Along with the NOAA scientists are researchers from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM/RSMAS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Director of the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM), an NGO based in Haiti.
This work is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Best laid plans….

Diving operations have proceeded without incident, except sea lice have plagued some our divers, Benadryl lotion being applied liberally and antihistamines swallowed. To complete the mission so far, 66 dive trips with154 total dives have been completed. Cumulative dives total 96.4 hours (4.8 days) with divers descending 11,961 feet (2.27 miles) underwater.
Since we needed counts on the north side, we decided to send 3 small boats with fish counters. After launching at 0800, the Foster pulled anchor and rounded the point so we could be in radio contact. As loose items began hitting the floor, I looked out the window and saw waves breaking, realizing that conditions were marginal. The ship began pitching and rolling, queasiness set in, and afternoon plans changed immediately. Back to the west side for sure! Watching the small boats bounce around and NF5 asking for an alternate site away from the shore, made me realize my name would be a cussword for awhile. Maybe locking the door to my cabin would be appropriate!
Photo by Abel Valdivia
Dave Mc

1 comment:

  1. Dave,
    This will help!If you spray the Divers with a mixture of 2 part alcohol 1 part water before they put their wetsuits on this will repel the sea lice.
    Stay Safe,