Data Collection of Cobscook Bay Area Almost Complete 

Members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been in Easport since Summer taking a closer look at the bottom of the ocean.One key goal is to make things safer for fishermen.That survey is nearly over.Meghan Hayward caught up with the survey team to see what their next step will be.The Downeast community has lost several fishermen in Cobscook Bay. That’s why they wanted members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to survey the area. When TV-5 first talked to the surveyors, they were just getting started.” Now we’re a couple of days away from being done with our data collection process. We’ve collected from Dennys and Whiting Bay. Past Reversing Falls. All the way to Cobscook Bay and past Eastport.” The area hadn’t been surveyed since the 1970s and it was done with much older equipment. The maps being put together are high resolution. ” You can see very clearly exactly where rocks and sand waves. Shallow areas where the bottoms changing really fast. Where it’s flat. You can see all kind of detail that you wouldn’t see on a standard navigational terp.” Members of NOAA say the current maps are accurate. They’re just adding more information. ” It’s fantastic. It’s always interesting to work in an area that isn’t surveyed every couple of years. There’s always small surprises. Those small surprises. ” How extensive the drag marks from the fishermen are is one thing we were able to see in most areas in the Bay.” The maps will eventually be available online. Even though they’ve finished collecting data, there’s still work to do. ” We go through a very extensive quality assurance process where we look over everything we’ve collected and make sure that the correctors we put in are correct.” The community is grateful for the work they’ve done. ” They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do. Beyond what they were originally tasked to do. It’s been a huge help for the pilots and for the fishermen. I think in the end it will save lives.”