28 July 2016 – Spanish cruise finishing tomorrow

By Julio Valeiras and Begoña Santos, Cruise co-ordinators

The Spanish cruise that has covered the southernmost offshore waters of the SCANS-III survey area is finishing tomorrow.  Today we are surveying the last two transects in the Cantabrian Sea and then tomorrow we aim to finish off parts of two transects in the NW block that we weren’t able to survey because of the intense fog ten days ago. Then back to our home port of Vigo.

It’s been a highly successful cruise, not least because of our great crew of 26 people aboard the RV Angeles Alvariño of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO). The team comprised 13 scientists and 13 ship’s crew. The science team line-up was as follows:

Primary observation platform

M.Begoña Santos is the coordinator for the SCANS-III project at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO). She was the cruise coordinator during the first half of the survey. She is the Head of Fisheries at IEO

M.Begoña Santos is the coordinator for the SCANS-III project at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO). She was the cruise coordinator during the first half of the survey. She is the Head of Fisheries at IEO

Julio Valeiras was the cruise coordinator during the second half of the survey. He works as Fisheries Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography (IEO) at Vigo. He has previously participated in many marine research surveys

Julio Valeiras was the cruise coordinator during the second half of the survey. He works as Fisheries Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography (IEO) at Vigo. He has previously participated in many marine research surveys

Xesús Morales is a marine biologist who has participated in research surveys in several ocean basins and has plenty of experience as a marine mammals observer. He knows the cetacean species in the area and has worked with the Galician NGO, CEMMA

Xesús Morales is a marine biologist who has participated in research surveys in several ocean basins and has plenty of experience as a marine mammals observer. He knows the cetacean species in the area and has worked with the Galician NGO, CEMMA

Ruth Esteban is an experienced marine mammal scientist working in the Gibraltar Strait area for the CIRCE organization

Ruth Esteban is an experienced marine mammal scientist working in the Gibraltar Strait area for the CIRCE organization

Antonella Servidio is an experienced marine mammal scientist working in the Canary Islands for the CEAMAR  organization

Antonella Servidio is an experienced marine mammal scientist working in the Canary Islands for the CEAMAR organization

Tracker observation platform

Camilo Saavedra is a marine mammal scientist working at IEO at Vigo. He was in charge of logistics, organization of material, and played a large part in the success of the survey, being the official troubleshooter

Camilo Saavedra is a marine mammal scientist working at IEO at Vigo. He was in charge of logistics, organization of material, and played a large part in the success of the survey, being the official troubleshooter

Antonio Vazquez is an experienced marine mammal scientist working in the Mediterranean and Atlantic waters in Spain for the ALNILAM organization. He was the coordinator of observers and the acoustic expert onboard

Antonio Vazquez is an experienced marine mammal scientist working in the Mediterranean and Atlantic waters in Spain for the ALNILAM organization. He was the coordinator of observers and the acoustic expert onboard

Ana Cañadas is a marine mammal scientist with plenty of experience in the collection and analysis of data using distance sampling methodology in the Mediterranean and other areas and belongs to the ALNILAM organization

Ana Cañadas is a marine mammal scientist with plenty of experience in the collection and analysis of data using distance sampling methodology in the Mediterranean and other areas and belongs to the ALNILAM organization

José Cedeira is a marine mammal scientist with many years of experience as cetologist working in the Galician NGO CEMMA and has participated as a marine mammal observer in many surveys

José Cedeira is a marine mammal scientist with many years of experience as cetologist working in the Galician NGO CEMMA and has participated as a marine mammal observer in many surveys

Ornithologists

Salvador García is a fisheries scientist working at IEO at Málaga. He is a seabird expert and has participated in many research surveys

Salvador García is a fisheries scientist working at IEO at Málaga. He is a seabird expert and has participated in many research surveys

Eduardo López is a fisheries scientist working at IEO in Vigo. He has participated in many research surveys in the NE Atlantic, Mediterranean and NW Altantic

Eduardo López is a fisheries scientist working at IEO in Vigo. He has participated in many research surveys in the NE Atlantic, Mediterranean and NW Altantic

MSc students

Paula Gutiérrez is a MSc student working at IEO in Vigo. She was involved in helping with the observer work and the sampling of water for DNA analyses

Paula Gutiérrez is a MSc student working at IEO in Vigo. She was involved in helping with the observer work and the sampling of water for DNA analyses

Alberto Hernández is a MSc student working at IEO in Vigo. He was involved in the seabird observations and sampling of water for DNA analyses

Alberto Hernández is a MSc student working at IEO in Vigo. He was involved in the seabird observations and sampling of water for DNA analyses