July 21, 2005
A beautiful sunny day, it started with us working along the LAB (La Perouse AB) line. Starting with a deeper station, LAB 8, allowed me time to visit with the Captain, Master George Silva. Using my video camera, I interviewed him in the bridge house about how students can learn more about sea-faring jobs. He was very willing to answer all of my questions and offer advice to potential seamen. I then proceeded to interview the staff in the galley. It was a very small kitchen, but they were excited to explain the daily operation of how the galley was maintained.
When we reached the LAB1 station, we noticed a lot of small fishing boats. We soon noticed why this was the case...salmon were literally leaping out of the water. While the CTD was in the water, the Able Bodied seamen and officers of the ship were on the back deck trying to catch some fish. AB Patrick Hennessy caught four salmon during our 20 minute CTD cast. In all, about eight fish were caught in that time span.
This was probably the best weather day that we've had so far. When we were not sampling, some of the science crew would take a break in the sun. Whether it was reading a book, listening to music, or fishing, we all managed a way to take advantage of the great weather.