When we arrive at any one of the pre-determined sampling stations, also known as ‘Super Stations’, a sequence of samples and data are collected using several kinds of instruments and nets, probes to measure water properties such as temperature and salinity, and a vertical camera system called the Underwater Video Profiler (UVP). Each net is designed to catch different types and sizes of animals ranging from large fish and squid to tiny shrimps and other invertebrates. Once the nets are landed on deck, the catch is processed in the fish laboratory that is located on a deck level with the sea surface. We spend up to 20 hours sampling at each station. Depending on the catch, it can take an additional 12 hours to identify, count, measure, and weigh all of the specimens. Most animals are frozen or preserved for the Bergen Museum using a variety of liquids such as formalin or ethanol.
See a presentation of the superstations (pps). The total number of superstations is 36, as shown in the first slide. All the read spots are stations, except from Bergen (start), one spot east of Shetland, one spot at 46° and at Horta (end).