Ocean Drifters have been telling stories for decades

The discovery, last month, by an Alaska resident, of an ocean-research drift bottle that had been wandering the Pacific since 1966 reminds us of a time when tracking ocean currents and fish was pretty low tech, but the best at the time.

fish survey found in a bottle

The bottle itself, an unassuming vessel about eight inches long, contained a survey form about the bottle’s location from the now defunct Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, then part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and now known as NOAA Fisheries. Read the story from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. 

Photo courtesy Northwest Fisheries Science Center.