Crewmen on the 130-foot Epic Explorer, contracted as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service research vessel, load gear in preparation for a Pollock survey in Frederick Sound. Students from Juneau-Douglas High School’s Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE) class will visit the vessel this morning with Auke Bay Laboratory’s fisheries research biologist John Moran to apply biology class work. According to Epic Explorer captain Dan Carney the vessel fishes January to April and then tenders or does research work.
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