LMRCSC Research Cruises
LMRCSC, in collaboration with NOAA, offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in offshore fisheries research through its annual two-week winter cruises aboard the NOAA vessels Albatross IV and Delaware II. Cruises depart Woods Hole, Massachusetts and travel south to the North Carolina coast, conducting a variety of research projects along the way. Typical projects conducted since the cruise program began in 2005 are: marine fish diversity and assemblage structure, reference fish collection, a latitudinal assessment of benthic community structure, trophic ecology of littoral, coldwater fish species, predator-prey relationships, summer flounder interregional migratory patterns, effects of trawl-net capture stress on spiny dogfish and sampling of the Hudson Canyon. These projects have led to several student presentations at national meetings and one research paper has been published. More than 30 students have participated in LMRCSC research cruises.