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Journals 2007/2008

Kimberly Pratt
Alvarado Elementary School, Union City, California

"Atlantic Northeast Shelf Ecosystem Monitoring Project
NOAA, R/V Delaware II
August 15 - 29, 2007
Journal Index:
August 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22
           23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29


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August 24, 2007
Foggy Day

Latitude: 41° 41.60' N
Longitude: 68° 23.2' W
Sea Depth: 69m
Wind Speed: 5
Sea Temp: 15.5
Location: George's Bank
Time: 1815

Today was a very foggy day. The foghorns have been blasting every 2 minutes, letting everyone know that we are out here. Still doing bongo tows, and unfortunately, our nets are coming up pretty empty! Not a lot of plankton here. Today we got our buoy ready for deployment by decorating it with stickers and taking lots of pictures. Hopefully we will deploy the buoy tomorrow. During our down time today, I have had a chance to talk to our chef - Jonathan Rockwell. Jonathan has one of the most difficult jobs on a ship. Not only does he have to juggle hot pots and pans while the ship is moving, he also has to do meal planning, purchasing and inventory control as well as plan for special diets (like vegans!). Jonathan, who calls Peaks Island, Maine his home, has always liked cooking. He was educated at Portland Maine's Culinary School and has worked in several restaurants before joining NOAA over one and one-half years ago. The best thing he likes about his job is that people really enjoy his cooking and the only downside would be that you are away from the real world for short periods of time. Jonathan's daily schedule is hectic - working 5A-1P and 3P-7P but his weekly schedule usually permits him to sail during the week and be home on the weekends. While at home he enjoys just being with his friends and family.

Jon & Jeff