The wind blew steady all day today from the west at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30, building heavy swell. The combination of Beaufort 6-7 winds and resulting seas was way beyond what our visual or tag team could work in for any species and they were not placed on effort at any point today. We did continue to monitor acoustically, while holding on, and covered some interesting-looking areas. But even our acoustics team was affected by the conditions to some extent with the rough seas and had limited detections.
We are hoping for better wind conditions at some point tomorrow as it changes from the west back to the east, but we know we will still be dealing with residual swell from it the strong and steady winds today. We are having strategic discussions about our next course of action.