Deployment and Recovery of Scientific Intruments Underway Off Maui and Hawaiʻi Islands

August 16, 2015
NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette. NOAA photo by Benjamin Richards.
NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette. NOAA photo by Benjamin Richards.

On August 16th of 2015, The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette departed Pearl Harbor, Oahu to support science conducted by the Ecosystems and Oceanography Program and the Cetacean Research Program of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. The first day of the project will be spent at anchor just off the Coast of Lahaina, Maui, preforming calibrations of the EK-60, an advanced echo sounder used for accurately assessing fish stocks. The following day will be spent recovering and deploying High-frequency Acoustic Recording Packages (HARPS) off of the coast of Kona, Hawaiʻi and at Jagger Seamount. The HARPs record sounds produced by cetaceans and other marine organisms in the surrounding water, providing a way to monitor activities deep below the ocean's surface. The project will conclude on the 18th of August, with the return of the Oscar Elton Sette to Pearl Harbor where scientist will begin the process of analyzing data recovered from the HARP.