Drifting KEO Mooring Successfully Recovered

Drifting KEO Mooring Successfully Recovered

July 21, 2020

On July 21, 2020 the surface mooring at the Kuroshio Extension Observatory (KEO), which broke away from its anchor on May 19, was recovered by the Japanese charter ship, Kaiyo. Despite being caught in eddies and an ocean jet, the drifting KEO buoy, its sensor suite and nearly 8 kilometers of mooring line was brought onboard. This mission relied on a large contingent for its success, including funding from GOMO, NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), partners at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and the Kaiyo Captain and crew. Read more about this surface mooring rescue and the KEO station on PMEL’s website.