CIRCAC’s field season was in full swing this summer, with both vessel- and helicopter-based habitat surveys taking place in Kamishak Bay and western Cook Inlet. During one survey, the field team was able to help an international educational project by rescuing a stranded boat…an un-manned MiniBoat, that is. In April, a call went out to the Cook Inlet research community that the satellite-tracked vessel had gone aground on Augustine Island and, given its remote location on a wave-exposed beach, there were limited options for collecting it. Fortunately, CIRCAC and our project partners were scheduled to be in the area in both May and June. After an unsuccessful attempt to go ashore on Augustine Island during a storm in May, the survey team was able to successfully collect the stranded vessel in June. Read about the MiniBoat project and rescue here .    

Watch for our next newsletter to read more about our summer field work.