The standard 2016 shelfwide cruise was cancelled because of mechanical failure of the NOAA Nancy Foster. However, there were there were several opportunities during the summer to collect data in the area of hypoxia and piece together a picture of the years hypoxic extent.
Two models simulations predicted the bottom-water area of hypoxia during the last week of July, the usual time of the cruise.
Hypoxia was not present along the F transect for the 22-23 August cruise, but was severely low for much of the C transect and into much deeper water than usually recorded. Several stations were anoxic, without any dissolved oxygen.