NOAA research vessel studies spill

  • The NOAA ship Nancy Foster left Wednesday, June 30, 2010, on a two-week survey in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits to gather data on the Loop Current and examine the persistence of oil, dispersants and tarballs in the water column and sediments. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Akihiro Shiroza gets the Mocness netting in order to show researchers how it is deployed to collect samples from the waters, while the Nancy Foster was docked at the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Miami Beach. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Akihiro Shiroza, left, shows Laura Bendernagel, center, and Amanda Walton, research assistant, how to pull up the Mocness sample containers properly, while the Nancy Foster was docked at the U.S.Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, 100 MacArthur Causeway. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • John Lamkin, Ph.D, research fish biologist, NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science, talked to the press about the ships voyage, while the Nancy Foster was docked at the U.S.Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, 100 MacArthur Causeway. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ryan Smith, left, research oceanographer, NOAA, explains the CDT (Conductivity, Temperature, Depth), the apparatus containing the tubes which will collect samples so they can examine the sea water. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The NOAA ship Nancy Foster left Wednesday, June 30, 2010, on a two-week survey in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits to gather data on the Loop Current and examine the persistence of oil, dispersants and tarballs in the water column and sediments. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ryan Smith, research oceanographer, NOAA, talked to the press about the ships voyage, while the Nancy Foster was docked at the U.S.Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ryan Smith, research oceanographer, shows the area the Nancy Foster will research. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Loading a small vehicle aboard the Nancy Foster, while docked at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, the ship gets ready for its mission. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ensign Carmen Alex, NOAA Corps., testing steering pump, getting the Nancy Foster ready to debark U.S.Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, 100 MacArthur Causeway. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The NOAA ship Nancy Foster left on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, on a two-week survey in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits to gather data on the Loop Current and examine the persistence of oil, dispersants and tarballs in the water column and sediments. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The NOAA ship Nancy Foster debarks Wednesday, June 30, 2010, from the U.S. Coast Guard Base on Miami Beach, on a two-week survey in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits to gather data on the Loop Current and examine the persistence of oil, dispersants and tarballs in the water column and sediments. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sarah Privoznik, left, research associate, and Amanda Walton, right, research assistant, wave to friends and fellow workers, as they leave for their two-week mission, aboard the Nancy Foster. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The NOAA ship Nancy Foster leaves Government Cut Wednesday, June 30, 2010, on a two-week survey in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits to gather data on the Loop Current and examine the persistence of oil, dispersants and tarballs in the water column and sediments. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF