Recently colleagues from the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) were on board MBA Sepia to test a new piece of equipment, the ‘ocean indicator’. MBA Sepia assisted in the testing of the ocean indicator, towing the device at different speeds that it would experience during its maiden voyage. The deployment, recovery and behaviour of the instrument was recorded by SAHFOS and the crew of the MBA Sepia over two days, contributing to its successful launch in August 2017.
The ‘ocean indicator’ is a far smaller version of SAHFOS' Continuous Plankton Recorder, and has been provided to the all-female crew of the yacht undertaking the Exxpedition around the UK. The yacht will be towing the indicator to investigate the amount of microplastics found in the ocean.
Post-Doctorate Research Assistant Dr Clare Ostle said: “The Sepia was an ideal research platform for trialling our latest technologies and prototypes, the crew and captain are highly skilled and were exactly the kind of people you would want to work with - very flexible and accommodating and made the experience not only safe and efficient but informative and fun!”
Read the SAHFOS news item here
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