What is a sea sampler?
Sea samplers are IPHCs boots on the groundfishing grounds, that is. For the management of the halibut fishery, sea samplers are key players who collect data, which are independent of commercial catch records. IPHCs quantitative scientists use these independent data in concert with data collected from commercial halibut fishing logs to determine total allowable catch for the upcoming season.
The roughly 25 sea samplers hired each year work aboard a fleet of twelve to fifteen IPHC charter commercial longline vessel and conduct the standardized setline stock assessment survey, which ranges from the southern Oregon border, north through British Columbia to the Bering Sea, and west to Attu island in the Aleutian Islands.
The sea samplers primary directive is to collect catch per unit effort (CPUE) data; however, because the chartered vessels present a rare and valuable scientific research platform, samplers are also involved in mark and recapture experiments, sea bird studies, genetic sampling, oceanographic sampling, and much more. The IPHC collaborates with other agencies to take full advantage of the research opportunities made possible by the fleet of research vessels.
Sea Sampler Profile
All sea samplers have a passion for the sea and a sense of adventure. They are hard-working problem solvers, who are safety conscious, flexible, and meticulous about data. Many sea samplers work as fisheries observers in the U.S. and Canada when not working for the Commission. Others use the summer work to finance graduate school, travel, or a personal business venture back home, while others are IPHC Port Samplers.
Listen to Sea Sampler Tom Wilson (5 MB, mp3)
Clip courtesy of KBBI Homer
How do I apply?
Please visit the IPHC's Employment Page