NMFS, the US Geological Survey, and Rutgers University are partnering to deploy temporary ocean moorings at the Little Port Walter hatchery. This is the federally owned research station on the southern most tip of Baranof Island. The moorings will be part of a study on the use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) for fisheries research. This study will focus on the outmigration of juvenile Chinook salmon released from Little Port Walter. 24 moorings with yellow and orange buoys labeled “NOAA RESEARCH” will be deployed from March 16-March26 and removed no later than December 15.