RV New Horizon

Interested in volunteering for an oceanographic cruise? Volunteers are recruited to help deploy equipment, collect data, and draw & analyze seawater samples.

CalCOFI 1711SR

NOAA RV Bell M Shimanda

CalCOFI 1711SR  •  09-24Nov2017 (Thu-Fri; 16 DAS) • RV Sally Ride • Load & Setup 07 (Tue)-08 (Wed) Nov at MarFac, SD; Offload San Diego 27 Nov (Mon)
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CalCOFI 1801RL

RV Oceanus

CalCOFI 1801RL • 10 Jan-01 Feb 2018 (Wed-Thu; 23 DAS) RV Reuben Lasker   Early load mid-Dec 2017, setup 08-09 Jan 2018 Depart San Diego 10 Jan, offload Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 01 Feb
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CalCOFI conducts quarterly oceanographic cruises off California four times a year: winter, spring, summer, & fall. Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and CCE-LTER scientists measure physical and biological properties of the ocean off Southern & Central California at specific locations. Our current research ships include SIO's RV Sally Ride and NOAA vessels RV Reuben Lasker & FSV Bell M Shimada.

Current or Upcoming -

Cruise dates are subject to change so check back often

  • 2017: CalCOFI 1711SR Currently At-Sea  •  09 - 24 Nov 2017 (Thu-Fri; 16 DAS)    RV Sally Ride   Load & Setup 07 (Tue) - 08 (Wed) Nov 2017 Loading & setup location - Nimitz Marine Facility, San Diego; Offload in San Diego 27 (Mon) Nov 2017    Prospectus
  • 2018: Tentative Schedule - please check back often as dates are subject to change
    • CalCOFI 1801RL •  10 Jan - 01 Feb 2018 (Wed-Thu; 23 DAS)    RV Reuben Lasker   Load & Setup: early load mid-Dec 2017, final setup 8-9 Jan 2018 at Broadway Pier • Depart from Broadway Pier San Diego Wed 10 Jan 2018, offload at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 01 Feb 2018
    • CalCOFI 1804SH •  04 - 26 Apr 2018 (tentative dates, Wed-Thu; 23 DAS)    FSV Bell M Shimada   Load & Setup: 02-03 Apr 2018, 10th Ave Marine Terminal, San Diego  Offload 26-27 Apr 2018 San Francisco
    • CalCOFI 1806SR • TBA Jun 2018    RV Sally Ride
    • CalCOFI 1810SR • TBA Oct 2018    RV Sally Ride

Additonal Information:
      RV Sally Ride Info  |  RV Reuben Lasker Info  |  FSV Bell M Shimada Info

CalCOFI quarterly cruises desired cruise window and acceptable start & end dates. Winter & Spring cruises typically include northern lines above Pt Conception. 

 Target Dates for CalCOFI Time-series Cruises
 Desired Windows  Acceptable Start - End Dates
 Winter: Jan 10 - 25  Jan 2 - Feb 22
 Spring: April 10 - 25  April 01 - May 22
 Summer: July 10 - 25  July 01 - Aug 22
 Fall: Oct 10 - 25  Oct 01 - Nov 22


Volunteers on CalCOFI

Opportunities to volunteer on CalCOFI Cruises in 2017-2018

  • Autumn CalCOFI cruise:  08 - 23 Nov 2017 on SIO RV Sally Ride; San Diego to San Diego
  • Winter CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Jan-Feb)
  • Spring CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Mar-Apr)
  • Summer CalCOFI cruise 2018: Dates TBD (usually Jul-Aug)
  • Autumn CalCOFI cruise: 2018: Dates TBD (usually Oct-Nov)

Please note that dates are subject to change.

Interested in participating in an oceanographic cruise? CalCOFI cruises are staffed by personnel from the following agencies: National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA), Integrative Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Volunteers are recruited to help deploy equipment, collect data, and draw and analyze seawater samples. General criteria:

  • sea-worthiness (experience at sea, recreational is acceptable)
  • good health; able to lift 50lbs
  • scientific background
  • ability to follow detailed instructions carefully
  • ability to work safely on an oceanographic cruise
  • availability - most cruises are 18 - 20 days; some winter & spring cruises are longer
  • able & willing to work a 12hr watch (noon to midnight or midnight to noon) for 18+ days
  • must have completed two years in college in the field of science

Additional information is available in the CalCOFI Handbook. If you are interested in participating, please send a resume and a detailed description of your seagoing experience and interests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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