For half of last week and the beginning part of this week, we traveled to Willapa Bay for the second time. This trip was much easier, because all shell bags had been sampled. Our only duties were to record video, and set out the breeder traps. An addition to this trip was the use of a Fyke Net. The Fyke net was a very large net that has two wings extending out to the sides about 50 feet out. This was implemented so that we could catch what the breeder traps were catching on a much larger scale. It was also helpful to see if there were any larger species we had not caught yet, simply because they were too large to fit in the breeder traps.
After returning from Willapa, the other COSEE interns and I here at Hatfield had the opportunity to visit the COSEE interns that have been working at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Coos Bay. This was a very exciting trip, as I got to meet the other interns for the first time. We also had the pleasure of receiving a tour of the facilities there, getting the chance to see the interns’ work and their lab spaces. My favorite part of this trip was having the opportunity to travel to one of the field sites where two of the interns collect samples. This was beautiful location! It was a great day of meeting new people, and getting to play on the beach!