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Gulf of Alaska Acoustic-Trawl Survey of Walleye Pollock (DY1506, EK60)
The Midwater Assessment and Conservation Engineering (MACE) program of NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) conducted an acoustic-trawl (AT) stock assessment survey in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) during late spring/summer of 2015 to estimate the distribution and abundance of walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus). The survey area included the GOA shelf from the Islands of Four Mountains to Chiniak Trough including many associated bays and troughs. The survey was conducted from June 11 to August 16, 2015 in three legs, starting and ending in Kodiak, Alaska, with intermediate port calls in Kodiak, Alaska. The survey was conducted aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a 64 meter stern trawler equipped with acoustic and oceanographic instrumentation. The primary instrumentation for the survey was a Simrad EK60 split-beam echosounder system utilizing five frequencies (18, 38, 70, 120, and 200 kHz).