July 9, 2005
After a restful night of sleep, I started my watch by reading some of chlorophyll samples using a fluorometer. I entered the readings into our logbook and prepared for our first station along the GH survey line. By the time we completed the ninth station, I had filtered nine stations and sampled for nutrients at five stations. I felt that I had a good handle on my job.
I assisted on all CTD deployments, which made timing important. I had to have my sampling materials ready before deploying the CTD and sample after it was secured. When my day ended, I managed to watch a movie in the lounge and do a load of laundry.
The team's still looking for positive samples of Pseudo-nitzschia (PN). Sampling for PN was performed by the NOAA group. They would cast a plankton net during a CTD cast and quickly analyze the contents of the sample under a microscope. Currently there is a downwelling event affecting the Washington coast, low nutrient levels and high amounts of cloud cover which may be a reason for why we are not seeing the expected bloom. We have drifters deployed off the coast to help determine the way local currents are moving. With these drifters and satellite imagery, the science crew can determine how the water column with change over the next few days.