NOAA fisheries survey vessel delivered

13 Nov 2013
Fisheries survey vessel ‘Reuben Lasker’. Credit: NOAA

Fisheries survey vessel ‘Reuben Lasker’. Credit: NOAA

NOAA has taken delivery of 'Reuben Lasker', the agency’s newest high-tech fisheries survey vessel.

The 208ft ship will primarily support fish, marine mammals and turtle surveys off the US West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.

Reuben Lasker represents a significant milestone in the agency’s efforts to provide world-class marine science platforms,” said Rear Adm. Michael S. Devany, director of the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Corps. “This
state-of-the-art ship will play a key role in supporting NOAA’s mission and serving the nation.”

Reuben Lasker is the fifth in a series of Oscar Dyson-class ships built for the agency and was built by Marinette Marine Corporatio in Marinette, Wisconsin.

The ship is equipped with the latest technology for fisheries and oceanographic research, including advanced navigation systems, acoustic sensors, and scientific sampling gear.

The ship is also engineered to produce much less noise than other survey vessels, allowing scientists to study fish populations and collect oceanographic data with fewer effects on fish and marine mammal behaviour. The ship’s comprehensive environmental sampling capabilities will enable researchers to gather a broad suite of marine life data with unprecedented accuracy.

NOAA plans to commission Reuben Lasker in 2014. The ship will be homeported in San Diego, California.

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