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NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada

NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada was launched at VT Halter Marine, in Pascagoula, Mississippi on September 26th, 2008, and was delivered to NOAA on February 2nd, 2010. The ship was one of five new Fisheries Survey Vessels (FSV) built by NOAA from 2003 to 2013.  These vessels are structurally designed to be extremely quiet as they pass through the water.  This offers fisheries scientists the ability to monitor fish populations while minimally affecting fish behavior, allowing scientists to collect more accurate data. With better data, biologists and oceanographers can better assist managers in preparing more informed management policies. 

Since beginning service, Bell M. Shimada has assisted scientists in acquiring greater insight into important commercial fish stocks such as sardine and hake as well as the overall health of the ocean with top level predator and oceanographic studies.  Home ported in NOAA’s Marine Operations Center –Pacific in Newport, Oregon, the ship is often sailing January to November.  The ship’s missions have primarily focused on the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME). This globally–significant ecosystem is a natural resource stretching from Baja California to British Columbia. 

The ship is named in honor of Bell Masayuki Shimada, a Seattle native born in 1922 to Japanese immigrant parents.  Like most Japanese Americans during WWII, Shimada and his family were relocated to an internment camp for the duration of the war.  Despite this injustice, he volunteered to serve and defend his country as part of the 442nd infantry and was later selected for language and intelligence training.  After the war, he served with the Bureau of Fisheries and Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.  The studies he conducted on tropical Pacific tuna stocks proved important to the development of West Coast commercial fisheries.  Bell M. Shimada’s son, Allen, is a fisheries scientist with NOAA’s Fisheries Service.

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NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada
2002 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365-5229

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