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Free; capacity is limited to 15 visitors.
Note: The ship is not accessible for strollers or wheelchairs. We will have stroller and wheelchair parking available outside of the ship. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No weapons are allowed aboard and flat, closed-toed shoes are required.
Climb aboard a U.S. fisheries research vessel—the Reuben Lasker—to learn about its ongoing survey of deep-sea fish populations along the West Coast. Tour the sampling stations and laboratories where scientists collect their data; learn about the nets, winches, and cranes; and meet the ship’s Captain, Chief Scientist, and other scientists and crew. You’ll also get to see the bridge, mess deck, and galley.
The Reuben Lasker is the newest ship in the fisheries fleet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And it’s one of the most technologically advanced fishery survey vessels in the world. Its primary objective is to support surveys of fish, marine mammals, and turtles off the West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific. Currently its scientists are surveying the entire West Coast from the border of Mexico to Canada to measure the distributions and amounts of small pelagic fish species including sardine, anchovy, and deep-water hake, one of the West Coast’s most valuable commercial fisheries. Beginning in June 2018, four robotic sailing vehicles, called saildrones, will duplicate the path of the Reuben Lasker and collect data in waters too shallow for the NOAA ship to venture. From August 17 to September 5, a saildrone will be on display at the Exploratorium.