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BEST

BEST

The HLY0803 cruise of the USCG cutter Healy was an NSF funded cruise for the Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST) project that was focused on the impact of sea ice on the marine ecology of the region. In particular it focused on pathways of nutrients and organic matter that lead to the abundant upper trophic levels and valuable fisheries on the Bering Sea continental shelf. The cruise covered most of the eastern Bering Sea shelf from the Aleutian Islands to St. Lawrence Island with 177 unique stations that included CTD casts, bio-optics casts, MOCNESS tows, CALVet tows, bongo tows, multicore drops and sediment trap deployments.

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