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Title: Recoveries from 1964 through 1968 of Drift Bottles Released from a Merchant Vessel, S.S. Java Mail, en Route Seattle to Yokohama, October 1964 
Author: Fisk, Donald M.
Date: 1971-04
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Fisk DM. 1971. Recoveries from 1964 through 1968 of drift bottles released from a merchant vessel, S.S. Java Mail, en route Seattle to Yokohama, October 1964. Pac Sci 25(2): 171-177.
Abstract: During October 1964, drift bottles were released from a merchant
vessel at intervals of about 80 miles during a voyage from Seattle, Washington to
Yokohama, Japan. Of 3,840 bottles released, 121 have been recovered. Returns from
four release areas are divided among four regions: Coastal, Eastern Subarctic, Central
Subarctic, and Western Subarctic. Coastal recoveries reflect the northward drift
along the coasts of Washington and British Columbia during winter. Recoveries
from releases in the Eastern Subarctic show well-defined zonal flow to the west coast
of North America. New information concerning the divergence of the Subarctic
Current during winter was obtained from releases in the Central Subarctic.
The long period between release and recovery of the bottles, from all but Coastal
and Central Subarctic releases, makes it difficult to derive much new information
about circulation in this region where extensive drift-bottle studies have been made.
A system of drifting buoys tracked by satellites would provide valuable information
to oceanographers, meteorologists, and fisheries research.
ISSN: 0030-8870

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