|Mike Ball, my deck hand, at the sorting table|
Our field work would not be possible without the contributions of Mike Ball. Mike works for NOAA Cooperative Research which has generously provided the support for our project. Mike has spent a lot of his time working with commercial fisherman and on commercial boats in New England and is an expert at identifying deepwater fish. I, on the other hand, have never been on a deepwater boat and don't know my deep water fish all that well. Mike has led all the deck work on this project and as a result it has been going very smoothly. We are very grateful for his effort and enthusiasm.