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(Ret.) = Retriever

Advanced Biological Testing, Inc. / T.E.G.: Vibracore studies, Alameda Naval Air Station and Naval Supply Center, 1994, 1996; Ports of San Francisco and Redwood City, 1997, 1998. San Francisco Drydock vibracoring, 2006. (Ret.)

ADH Environmental, Inc. / T.E.G.:
Army Corps of Engineers vibracoring at Pinole Shoals & Suisun Bay ship channels, San Francisco Bay 2009-10. (Ret.)

Amec-Geomatrix / Port of SF / PG &E / T.E.G.: Potrero Point Power Plant vibracore sampling 2009. (Ret.)
Advanced Biological Testing, Inc. / T.E.G.: Vibracore studies, Alameda Naval Air Station and Naval Supply Center, 1994, 1996; Ports of San Francisco and Redwood City, 1997, 1998. San Francisco Drydock vibracoring, 2006.

Animal Planet TV affiliate Grenada Media Services: Great White Shark behavioral filming, Farallon Islands, 2001.

Anchor Environmental Services/ T.E.G.: Port of San Francisco and Larkspur Ferry Terminal vibracore studies, 2001-2005.  Vibracoring, San Francisco Drydock, 2006, and Port of Oakland, 2008. (Ret.)

AOA Geophysics: Japanese Nuclear Waste Management Center instrument deployments, Monterey Bay,  2004.

Audubon Society New Year’s Day Bird Counts, eastern Monterey Bay (donated), 2009-2014.

BAE Systems / U. of Rhode island / U. of Hawaii / SubChem, Inc. & others: Layered Organization of the Coastal Ocean (LOCO) experimental analysis of physical & chemical oceanographic processes and planktonic behavioral studies, Monterey Bay, 2005, 2006.

Battelle / U.S. Navy / City & County of San Francisco / T.E.G.: Hunters Point Naval Shipyard benthic and vibracore sampling, 2003, 2004. (Ret.)

Bluefin Robotics, Inc.: Prototype AUV sea trials, Monterey Bay, 2003,  2004.

Boudreau & Associates / T.E.G.: Ports of Richmond & San Francisco vibracore sampling 2009. (Ret.)

British Broadcasting Corporation: Surface film support, Carmel Bay, 1988.

Brookfield Zoo (Chicago)/ Shedd Aquarium: Tagging and tracking studies of Pacific white-sided dolphins,  Monterey Bay, 1991, 1992.

Bueno Films:  Commercial filming off Monterey, 2010.

California Department of Fish and Game: Sardine egg distribution studies between Monterey & Point Conception, 1988, and between San Diego & Cedros Island, Baja California, 1989.  Night collection/tagging/tracking studies of endangered marbled murrelet behavior, central California nearshore , 1997.

California Polytechnic Institute / MBARI: Nighttime bioluminescence and optical studies, Monterey Bay, 2000.

Caltrans / Moss Landing Marine Laboratory: Dive team / small boat support of subtidal baseline studies, Partington Point slide, Monterey County, 1991.

CH2M Hill Consulting: One-year current meter and dilution study for San Francisco Dept. of Public Works, 1988.

Deep Ocean Engineering / NASA: Sea trials of prototype virtual reality-controlled ROV, Monterey Canyon, 1996.

Dept. of Defense: Liquid Robotics Wave Glider deployments and recoveries, 2013.

Endeco / RD Instruments: Sea trials of prototype Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, 1991.

Entrix, Inc.: Bathymetric surveys,  Alcatraz disposal site, San Francisco Bay, 1989, 1990.

Environmental Crossings, Inc.: Surface monitoring and diving support of horizontal drilling for fiber optic cable installation, Monterey Bay, 2006.

EPA Newport Lab:Sediment and trawl sampling of Richmond Inner Harbor Superfund site, 1991.

EVS Environmental Consultants / Port of Oakland / T.E.G.: Coring Operations and Sediment Instrumentation in large vessel berthing sites, 1999-2001. (Ret.)

Fugro Seafloor Surveys, inc.: Sea trials of autonomous survey vehicle, outer Monterey Canyon, 2006, 2007.

Fugro West / Oceaneering, Inc.: Seismic sub-bottom profiling of Cambria desalination plant pipeline site, 1995.

Fugro West / Port of Oakland: Cone Penetrometer survey of Naval Supply Station sites, 1999.

Geometrics: Sea trials of prototype magnetometers,  1992-2009.

Global Diving, Inc.: Monterey Bay sunken wreck stabilization, 2005.

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA): Boundary marker buoy maintenance; and classroom presentations, 2005-2012. Seabird nesting habitat boundary buoys 2011, 2012.

Haley-Aldrich / PG&E / Port of SF / Nautilus: Vibracore studies at Potrero Point power plant, 2009.


Hobilabs, Inc.: Sea trials of laser-optical instruments, Monterey Canyon, 1998.

International Diving Services / John Chance & Associates: Magnetometer, side-scan, diver video and corrosion surveys of petroleum products pipeline, 1989-92.

Jet Propulsion Lab: Photometric Ground Truth trials, 1989.

Kinnetics Laboratories, Inc.:  Benthic studies for Port of Oakland; water quality and benthic surveys for Santa Cruz Dept. of Public Works and the City of Watsonville; vibracoring to 20 feet for Ports of Los Angeles, Richmond, Oakland, Moss Landing, and Morro Bay, 1986-2012.  Continuing C-CLEAN water quality monitoring, Monterey Bay, yearly 2007-13.  With City & County of San Francisco Public Utilities, ADCP instrument array deployments and recoveries, 2012, 2013.

Liquid Robotics, Inc.: Monterey Bay deployments & recoveries of wave-powered AUVs, 2009-2013; San Francisco-New Zealand crossing launch event, 2011.

Lockheed Martin: Laser tracking and targeting system sea trials, 2013.

Marine Ecological Consultants:  Vibracoring, Port of Oakland, 1990; acoustic behavioral studies, Alcatraz spoils site, 1992, 2001-2; v-coring in Pinole Shoals Channel, SF Bay, 1997; SF Bay archeological midden v-core sampling, 2001; V-core studies Ports of Oakland (Ret.) & Moss Landing, 2001;  Petaluma,  2002 (Ret.); Alameda and Vallejo,  2004, 2005 (Ret.)

MCI / AT&T / ABA Consultants:Benthic survey and instrumentation of proposed fiber optic cable routes, Monterey Bay, 1999.

M.I.T. / Woods Hole / MBARI: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle operations, Monterey Bay, 1999, 2000,  2004.

Monterey Bay Aquarium:Sea otter rehabilitation program; tracking and recovery, 1991.  Saltwater intake system repair diving support, 2009.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: Recovery of drifting oceanographic instrument array off Point Sur, 1995; AUV and acoustic operations support, Monterey Bay, 1999-2004. Monitoring and dive support for horizontally drilled fiber optic cable installation, and sea trials of Docking AUV systems, 2006, 2011-12. MARS cable installation surface support, 2007. Automated monitoring instrument array deployments & recoveries, 2005-2009. ESP system deployments and recoveries Monterey Bay and Newport Beach, 2008-11; escort damaged RV Pt. Lobos to Alameda dry dock, 2011; nearshore instrument deployments, 2011; DC Wave Generator deployments and recoveries, 2009-2013. Ocean Acidification array deployments and recoveries, 2011-13.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA): Annual maintenance of Personal Watercraft Boundary buoys, 2003-continuing.

Moss Landing Marine Laboratory (California State University): Surface support of Soviet manned submersible operations, tagging/tracking of Pacific white-sided dolphins, and marine mammal censusing for Pt. Sur Acoustic Thermometry Studies (ATOC), 1994, 1995.

Mythbusters TV series,  Discovery Channel, Inc.: Examination of commercial diving accident accounts from early diving history, 2009.

National Data Buoy Center: Autonomous vehicle deployments and recoveries, 2012.

National Geographic Society, Photographic Department:ROV film and photographic efforts in Monterey and Carmel Bays, logistic support of Alvin dives, 1988.  Deployment/recovery of automated, baited “Ropecam” digital video systems to 3050m in Monterey Canyon, and to 1830m on Guide Seamount, 1998.

National Geographic Society, Television Department:Surface and ROV coverage of Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Sustainable Seas Program training dives in Nuytco, Inc. one-person submersibles, Monterey Bay, 1998.

NOAA, SW Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service: Outmigrant juvenile salmonid feeding ecology studies, San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, 1997-2005, and Monterey Bay juvenile rockfish distribution studies, 2005-08. Acoustic tagging instrument deployments off Point Reyes, 2008; (recoveries, 2010); SF Bay smolts, 2011.

NOAA, NW Fishery Science Center: Toxic algal bloom monitoring, central coast, upwelling season, 1998.

NOAA, Pacific Marine Environmental Lab: Tsunami real-time warning system acoustic modem seatrials, 1998.

North Coast Divers, Inc.: Video inspections of Santa Cruz and Watsonville outfalls, 1991-95, 2006, 2008.  Checkvalve installation on the Monterey Regional outfall, 1995-96.  Inspections on the Monterey Regional and Watsonville outfalls, 1999. U.S. Coast Guard navigational buoy replacement, San Francisco Bay, 2000, 2002.  Moss Landing Marine Lab intake structure installation, other outfall inspections, 2003-05.  Mythbusters TV series diving accident examination & testing 2009.

Oceanic Society: Grey whale behavioral study off Point Reyes, 1987.

Ohio State University: Acoustic current meter recoveries, 2001.

Oregon State University: Live collection of Pleurobranchia californicus, 1988-89.  Multi-channel acoustic analysis of planktonic organization, Monterey Bay, in association with LOCO (Layered Organization of the Coastal Ocean), 2006. Continued nocturnal acoustic behavioral studies in Monterey Bay, 2008.

Pacific Ecorisk / T.E.G.: Vibracore studies for Port of Redwood City and at Yerba Buena Island, 2007 (Ret).; and for BART, Port of Richmond, Valero Refinery, the Cities of Vallejo & Benicia, and Glen Cove Marina, 2008, 2009 (Ret.). Port of Oakland, Conoco Refinery and Schnitzer Steel vibracoring, 2010 (Ret.); Alameda Naval Air Station, 2011. (Ret.)

Parker Diving Services: Search/survey for lost floatplane near San Simeon, 2012.

Pennsylvania State University: Meteorological studies off central California, 1987. Optical analyses of upper water column dynamics, Monterey Bay, 2006.

Pier 39, San Francisco Harbormaster’s Office: in-harbor light construction and repair support, 2007, 2008. (Ret.)

Pioneer Film Services: Short subject filming off Santa Cruz, 2013.

Port of Stockton / T.E.G.: Pre-dredging vibracore sampling, 2002. (Ret.)

PRC, Environmental Consultant for U.S. Navy / T.E.G.: Sediment  / vibracore studies of Treasure Island and Mare Island base closure subtidal properties, San Francisco Bay, 1997.

Rudolfi, Inc. / T.E.G.: Vibracore monitoring of USN Reserve Fleet site, Suisun Bay 2008. (Ret.)

Rutgers University / California Polytechnic Institute: Autonomous glider support, 2008.

RRM Consultants: Benthic sampling for Santa Cruz Port District of proposed offshore disposal site,  Monterey Bay, 1999.

S.A.I.C.: Moss Landing Harbor District dredge monitoring vibracoring 2003. Port of San Francisco 2008-2011 (Ret.)

San Diego State University / Quantitative Morphology Consulting (QMI): Grey whale calf specimen freezing and transport system for USN acoustic analysis, 2009-continuing.

San Francisco Estuarine Institute / Applied Marine Services: Annual SF Bay Water Quality monitoring, 2009-2010.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission: Water quality monitoring, quarterly benthic and trawl sampling; 1986-continuing into its 28th year.

San Francisco Gashouse Cove Harbormaster’s Office: High density polyethylene sleeve-reinforcing of aging wooden pilings, 2009. (Ret.)

San Francisco Estuarine Institute / Applied Marine Services:  Annual SF Bay Water Quality monitoring, 2009.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (formerly Department of Public Works): Water quality monitoring,  quarterly benthic and trawl sampling; almost continuously since 1986, continuing into its twenty-fifth year.

San Francisco International Airport: Installation of Homeland Security perimeter marker buoys, 2004, 2006. (Ret.)

Santa Cruz City Water Department / Eco  Management, Inc. / T.E.G.: Proposed desalination plant intake structure site seismic, benthic, and vibracore studies, 2009.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD: Baseline marine mammal surveys on the original Sur Ridge ATOC site, 1994-95. Instrumentation deployment and recovery on the final Pioneer Seamount ATOC site; Waverider weather buoy service and redeployment, Cordell Bank, 1997;  “Glider” AUV support in Monterey Canyon, 2000. CDIP automated weather buoy deployment, 2007. Instrument deployments with Hopkins Marine Station, 2008.

Seabird, Inc.: Instrument sea trials to depth, Monterey Bay, 2013.

Sea Engineering, Inc: Turbidity monitoring, San Francisco Bay Bridge construction, Santa Cruz Harbor dredge monitoring installations and recoveries, 2002-2005.

Sea Surveyor, Inc.: Benthic surveys and tide gauge studies for the Port of Oakland; seismic sub-bottom profiling and vibracoring for Army Corps of Engineers at Ventura, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria, 1988.

Seagam, Inc.:Sidescan sonar and bathymetric profiling of possible historic wreck site, 1990.

Seawell, Inc.: Sea trials of prototype passive desalination system, Monterey Canyon, 2008, 2009.

SRI, International: Sea trials of laser-based marine aggregates sensor system, 1991-96.  Sea trials of prototype wave-powered electrical generator, 2008.

Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station: Upwelling front dynamics/Barnacle larvae distribution/Doppler radar calibration, 1989-1990; Buoy deployment 2008; Suisun Bay sedimentation instruments, 2011, 2012 (Ret.) ; Great White Shark monitoring instrumentation, 2011-2012. Ocean Acidification instrument deployments upcoast from Santa Cruz (with UCBerkeley), 2012. Humboldt squid acoustic surveys, southern Monterey Bay, 2013 (with Oregon State U.).

Terra Remote Sensing / Raycal Pelagos / Alcatel Inc.: Fiber optic cable route survey, northern Monterey Bay, 2000.

TetraTech EM, Inc: Personnel site tour at Concord Naval Weapons Depot, 2007.  Vibracore studies at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 2008,  2009. (Ret.)

Texas A&M / U. of South Florida:Comparative studies with simultaneously developed marine aggregates sensor systems, 1992-93.

Transglobal Exploration and Geophysics, Inc. (T.E.G.):  Vibracore and benthic operations for Ports of San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City, and Richmond, U.S. Navy, U.C. Berkeley and others, 1989-2009 (Ret.); Mare Island, 2009 (Ret.); Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island, 2010 (Ret.).  (See references to T.E.G. in association with numerous benthic projects throughout this document, through 2011.)

Triton Technology, Inc.: Sea trials of prototype towed-array image processing system components, 1988, 1997.

Underwater Resources, Inc.: Annual and post-earthquake diver / ROV inspections, Santa Cruz and Watsonville outfalls, 1990. Instrument recovery and video inspection of San Francisco and Contra Costa county outfalls, 1997. San Francisco International Airport security zone installation, 2004, 2006, 2009-10 (set 4,000-lb anchors) (Ret.). MBARI directional drilling support, Monterey Bay; Sampling of hull fouling growth on WWII Victory ship USS Victory Queen, 2006 (Ret.). MBARI fiber optic cable installation and South San Francisco pipeline inspection, 2007. Historic vessel anchoring system refurbishment at SF National Maritime Museum, 2008 (Ret.). Monterey Bay Aquarium seawater intake system repair, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013. Intake maintenance on Ready-Reserve USS Petersburg for Haiti earthquake relief, 2010 (Ret.); Berth 80 pipe inspection, 2010 (Ret.); Vallejo pipe inspection, 2011 (Ret.); City & County of San Francisco, 2010, 2012. Outfall inspection Daly City, 2012.

UC Berkeley / California Department of  Fish and Game: Tagging & tracking studies of endangered marbled murrelets, Ano Nuevo Island, 2000.

UC Berkeley: South San Francisco Bay and Suisun Bay sediment studies, 2008, 2009, 2012 (Ret.).

UC Berkeley / US Navy / City of Oakland: Freshwater monitoring well installations in sub-bottom strata, 1997.
UC Davis:  Ocean-bottom seismograph recovery and re-deployment, Monterey Canyon, 1998.

UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Baseline marine mammal surveys on the original Sur Ridge ATOC site, 1994-95. Instrumentation deployment and recovery on the final Pioneer Seamount ATOC site; Waverider weather buoy service and redeployment, Cordell Bank, 1997; Glider AUV support in Monterey Canyon, 2000. CDIP automated weather buoy deployment, 2007. Instrument deployments with Hopkins Marine Station, 2008. Iridium buoy deployment 2010; CDIP buoy recovery, 2011; Drifting Wave Rider buoy recovery off Cypress Pt. and autonomous Spray glider recovery 185 n.m. SW of Santa Cruz, 2013.

UC San Francisco Romburg-Tiburon Center for Marine Studies: Acoustic monitoring of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction, 2003. (Ret.)

UC Santa Barbara: Marine aggregate profiling, Monterey Canyon, 1992-93.

UC Santa Cruz, Institute for Marine Sciences: Marine mammal behavioral studies for Acoustic Thermometry Project off Pt. Sur, 1994-95, and release of yearling elephant seals with GPS, time-depth, and physiological instrument packs, 1994-97. Class support & small instrumentation deployments, 2008. Sediment transport instrumentation deployments South San Francisco Bay 2009 (Ret.) ; Upwelling dynamics Point Reyes, 2011.

University of Delaware: AUV operations, Monterey Bay, 2013.

University of Hawaii: Lateral mixing studies Monterey Bay, 2010, 2012.

University of Illinois, Department of Physiology and Biophysics: Live collection of pleurobranchia californicus, 1986-92, 2007.   Organic chemistry of Monterey Bay air and water quality monitoring sites, 1995.

University of Miami: In Situ Icthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS) towing, Monterey Bay, 2010.

University of Washington / Caltrans / Moss Landing Marine Laboratory:  Wave gauge studies off Stinson Beach slide, Marin County, CA, 1991-93.

University of Washington:  El Nino storm water runoff tracking studies, Santa Barbara Channel, 1998.

URS / Dames & Moore / Southern Energy Corp. / T.E.G.: 

Vibracore sampling of Potrero Power Plant & San Francisco waterfront sites, 2000, ’01, ’08. (Ret.)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station:  Acoustic Doppler Current Profile Studies of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, 1992.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Ecology Center: Sea otter behavioral study in Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1986. Surface support of California sea otter translocation to San Nicolas Island, 1987; Anchor mooring chain replacement, Farrallon Islands, 2011.

U.S. Geological Survey / UC Santa Cruz:  Holocene shelf deposit and Paleozoic river channel deposit offshore vibracoring, Monterey Bay, 1999. Instrument recovery in Monterey Bay, 2003.  Box-coring studies off the Santa Clara river mouth in Ventura, CA, 2004.  San Francisco Bar sediment monitoring installations and recoveries, 2005-06.  South San Francisco Bay and Petaluma river sediment transport instrument array deployments & recoveries, 2006-2011 (Ret.), and in Monterey Bay 2008, 2009; Ocean Beach (San Francisco) sediment instruments, 2010; San Pablo Bay, 2011 (Ret.).  Instrument deployments and recoveries off Pt. Mugu, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz, 2010.

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School:  Acoustic and thermal equipment trials, 1988-90.  Recovery of damaged and drifting ARGOS satellite-linked oceanographic instrument array, 1995.  Instrumented weather buoy deployment/recovery and air-dropped sonobuoy studies, 2000-02.  Wave gauge deployments and recoveries, 2001-2002,. Monterey Bay instrument deployments & recoveries 2003, 2005, 2007.

U.S. Navy: Removal of 3000′ inshore segment of ATOC sonar cable for materials recycling, 2011.

U.S. National Park Service/ Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary:  Diver and instrument support of sixteenth-century Spanish shipwreck site exploration, 1997.

West Marine Products / Sail Magazine: Load testing analyses of multiple commercially available small craft anchors, Monterey Bay, 2006, 2009-12.

Weston Solutions, Inc.: Vibracore studies of Moss Landing Harbor District channels, 2006, and US Coast Guard Alameda Island berths, 2007.  Vibracoring for Cities of Alameda, Sausalito, and Vallejo, Ports of Oakland and Redwood City, 2008, 2009. (Retriever, except for Moss landing ops)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution / U.S. Geological Survey:  Ocean bottom seismographic studies, Pacifica-Half Moon Bay offshore sites, 1991.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution:  Acoustic array recovery, and transponder deployment to 3,000 meters, outer Monterey Canyon, 2000.  AUV operations and support, 1999, 2000.  Glider AUV support, 2006.

Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay: Racing mark deployments, eastern-central SF Bay, 2012, 2013 (Ret.).

Operations page updated December 2013.

Shana Rae

“The Shana Rae operated for 25 days during the month of August, 2000, including eight continuous days of night operations and several days of 24-hour operations.  The cost effectiveness and heavy-payload capability of the Shana Rae combined with Jim’s extreme scheduling flexibility and fine seamanship contributed greatly to the success of MUSE.”

Michael B. Matthews, Sc.D.,

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

“You have become very savvy in this less-than-glamorous work, and I very much appreciate your thoughtful comments in this report, as in your previous reports.  They will be very helpful to me in briefing sanctuary managers on the status of the buoy system and future needs.”     

Scott Kathey, Federal Regulatory

Coordinator, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration