Over the next few weeks Investigator will be heading out to sea for a few days at a time, to allow the crew and scientific support staff to test equipment and develop safe working procedures on board.
The biological oceanographic equipment the team will be working with on this voyage includes:
- the continuous plankton recorder (CPR)
- CTD (remember this stands for Conductivity, Temperature and Depth)
- EZ net, which has ten separate nets that can be opened at a different depth to collect plankton
- Bongo net
- Rectangular mid-water trawl net
Collecting samples with nets allows scientists to monitor the health of the ocean and what lives in it, from plankton and invertebrates, to larger fish.
Investigator departed earlier this week and will return to Hobart on 17 November.