Dispatches E-News: Long-Lining, Meet Eric D’Asaro & How Do Fish Find Their Way? (09/06/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Mud and Blood Cruise – Part Two: Long-Lining

The “Mud and Blood Cruise” is a two-week research mission that collects and analyzes fish and soil samples near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

This week, we check-in with the long-line fishing operation that is catching a representative sample of the fish community to track the recovery and health of the populations post-Deepwater Horizon.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: The LASER Cruise: Meet Eric D’Asaro

In January 2016, an international team of scientists assembled for a 31-day research mission to track ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico and then process the data in the months afterwards. Nicknamed the LASER Cruise, the scope of the project was enormous. So how do you manage such an incredible undertaking with so many facets? You get someone like oceanographer Eric D’Asaro to be your chief scientist.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
How Do Fish Find Their Way?

A day in the field for biologist Justin Suca begins at 4:45 in the morning, just before the first stars begin to disappear from the sky over the island of St. John. He’ll spend the next five hours motoring around the reefs south of that Caribbean island, retrieving tubular nets full of fish trapped during the night. The fish are much too small to eat or sell, but Suca doesn’t throw them back.

He and other scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are there to count tiny larvae, often less than a centimeter long. The nets intercepted the larvae as they made their harrowing trip from the open ocean where they hatched, to the reef where they would settle down and live. Suca and colleagues are there to understand how they find their way home.

Photo courtesy of Ian Jones, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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