Audio Reports from the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

May 2010

GCRL's research vessel R/V Tommy Munro is in the Gulf of Mexico conducting sampling transects of the Loop Current in an attempt to capture specimens of the larval forms of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. GCRL scientists Jim Franks, Dr. Bruce Comyns, and Dick Waller are conducting the research. A May 14 press release provides details. Reports are typically filed at 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Please be patient while the .wav files load.

Jim Franks, fisheries biologist Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

May 26, 2010 - Back to port. Photos are posted here.

May 25, 2010 - 100 miles offshore. Click here to listen. (2.3 mb .wav file, 4 minutes, 45 seconds)

May 23, 2010 - 200 miles offshore.

Part 1 - Click here to listen. (2.3 mb .wav file, 4 minutes, 58 seconds)
Part 2 - Click here to listen. (1.9 mb .wav file, 4 minutes)

The Loop Current forecasting information described by Dr. Franks may be viewed at the Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service web site.

May 21, 2010 - 300 miles offshore. Click here to listen. (1.5 mb .wav file, 3 minutes, 15 seconds.)

May 20, 2010 - 325 - 350 miles offshore, south of Ocean Springs. Satellite phone problems prevented updates for the previous day. Click here to listen. (1.5 mb .wav file, 3 minutes, 38 seconds)

May 18, 2010 - After a two-day run to reach the Loop Current, an initial audio report was filed today by fisheries biologist Jim Franks. Click here to listen. (2.3 mb .wav file, 4 minutes, 54 seconds)