Twenty-one scientists from Russia, Canada, the United States, Japan and South Korea have taken residence on the Russian research ship MV Professor Kaganovsky for an unprecedented international expedition.

The five-week voyage will probe the secret lives of five Pacific salmon species with a massive grid search and test fishery across the Gulf of Alaska.

Before setting out Saturday, researchers scrambled to get their equipment stowed in the cramped laboratory space and backups to everything stored and below decks just in case.

What they hope to gain is an understanding of salmon health, behaviour and abundance that could revolutionize fisheries forecasting.

“We know virtually nothing about what happens to salmon once they leave nearshore waters in the Salish Sea,” said expedition organizer Dick Beamish.

Via: Vancouver sun


Written by JuneauTek

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