In the last 2 days, we mainly surveyed south of the Honokohau Harbor to avoid the high swell generated by Hurrican Olivia that passes the island. In the first day, to transit from the Northern area of our survey to the Southern part, we had to cross parallel to the Honokohau Harbor, thus limiting the boat traffic coming in and out of the harbor. With the help of our survey boat, the transition went smoothly.
In the second day, we surveyed along Kailua-Kona (well sheltered from wind and swell) the 30m and 50m depth counter lines. Both days of the survey were successful! As all operated according to plan, and multiple datasets were collected. Today we decided to idle the operation due to the weather. Our survey operation will resume on the 13th.
Today we acquired the following datasets: Electrical (CSEM), Magnetic (magnetometer), seafloor Multi-beam (MBES)/Backscatter, and Magnetometer data. The survey got into its own rhythm, where all crew members are working in synergy, making the operation to feel nearly effortless and all done in good spirit! I thank the survey crew members for all of their hard work! as well as Jason & Emily that are doing an excellent job in operating the chase boat, protecting our Porpoise array from transient fishing and leisure boats.
Today, we continued our survey starting from Kiholo Bay that is located approximately 29 km north of Kailua-Kona. After 2 hours of transit to the survey starting point, we deployed the multi-beam transducer, followed by the deployment of the Porpoise CSEM system and the G-882 magnetometer. To make our Porpoise array more visible to the regional boats, we added 2 small buoys within the 250 m Porpoise spacing and one large red fender at the end of the array. All data types were collected along a 15 km profile. We resolved minor technical issues on the fly.
Today we began our survey! We acquired CSEM data, as well as multi-beam seafloor and water column data along a survey crossline. The Kona coastline has a fair amount of boat traffic, which made it challenging for our chase boat to clear the survey track for the Huki Pono and protect our Porpoise array at the same time. All things considered, we had a long and hectic day but fairly productive.
Today we finalized the assembling of the CSEM system, mobilized and integrated the G-882 magnetometer system with the Hypack navigation system and the MagLog data logging software. We also mobilized and tested the Boston Whaler chase boat, which is owned and operated by the Natural Energy Laboratory. The role of the chase boat is to clear our survey track and to prevent fishing boats from crossing between the Huki Pono survey boat and the end of our Porpoise array (1 km in length).
Tomorrow we plan to calibrate the multi-beam system and hopefully start the survey, depending on weather conditions as it is quite windy, due to hurricane Olivia that currently passes nearby the Island.