Spawning herring - a survey near the coast

This week I am aboard a fishing vessel called "Vendla". We are cruising transects northwards along the Norwegian coast to sample herring, and right now it is spawning season.

We started out from Ålesund on Monday, and the next Monday I will be brought to shore since I had already booked a flight to New Zealand...long story.

We have a new post-doc who started at the IMR and she is on this vessel with me to collect some data and take over for me when I get off. Øyvind had retired last fall, but joined us for this trip because my colleague fell ill. He's happy to be back at sea and was a little sad that he was told he had to retire at age 70.

Here's some pictures from the trip so far. Sorry, they are out of order.

[Aboard Vendla looking at Eros while in port in Ålesund]

[Valeriya taking a selfie while I decapitated some herring]

[First morning at sea - beautiful Valentine's Day]


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