Members of the science party should board the vessel at least one hour prior to departure.
The R/V Western Flyer schedule tries to hold to a standard 0800 to 1700 schedule. However, due to tidal restrictions, departure and arrival times may vary. Therefore, scientists should not plan to conduct a 12-hour science day on departure and arrival days.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.