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Gulf of Alaska Acoustic-Trawl Survey of Walleye Pollock (DY1602, EK60)
The Midwater Assessment and Conservation Engineering (MACE) program of NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) conducted acoustic-trawl (AT) stock assessment surveys in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) during the winter of 2016 to estimate the distribution and abundance of walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus). The Shumagin Islands survey was conducted 12-15 February and included Shumagin Trough, Stepovak Bay, Renshaw, Unga Strait, Korovin Strait, and West Nagai Strait. The Sanak Trough survey was conducted 15-16 February followed by the Morzhovoi Bay survey on 16 February. The vessel transited to Pavlov Bay 16-17 February and completed the Pavlov survey on February 17. The vessel transited to its home port 18-20 February. The survey was conducted aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, a 64 meter stern trawler equipped with acoustic and oceanographic instrumentation.