Late May to Mid-July, 2021
A proposed geophysical research project studying the Cascadia
subduction zone will take place off the Oregon, Washington
and British Columbia coast from late May to Mid-July. The
project involves deployment of seismometers (red, orange,
yellow dots) on the seafloor in lines perpendicular to the
coast, followed by a seismic research vessel (R/V Marcus Langseth
-picture below) that will be towing a hydrophone streamer
cable over 8 nm long, with a buoy on the end of the cable.
Cable is submerged ~39 feet depth. The RV Langseth
requests all vessels stay 9 nm from her stern, 2 nm on each
side, and at least 1 nm from her bow. Transit over
the streamer cable may be allowed if no gear
is in the water, but please contact the Langseth if seeking
permission to make a transit over the streamer cable.
more information contact Suzanne Carbotte (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Jesus Gaytan (email@example.com).
Vessel Contact Information:
R/V Marcus G. Langseth
Monitoring VHF Ch 16 + 13, and AIS
The OFCC has been contracted to create a thumbdrive
with the location of the seismometers. To request one, call
503 325-2285. There are 350 approx. 1foot square
nodes (yellow dots) about every 545 yards off Tillamook Hd,
the Alsea River, and Port Orford. The Seismometers (red and
orange dots) will be spaced 8 to 10 km apart (approx.. 5 nm)
and are 3 ft to 3 ½ ft tall. If you call the OFCC,
we can provide you with the coordinates of nodes and seismometers
where you typically fish.
New Version 11 Thumbdrive
OFCC Version 11 is available for your plotters adding the as-laid Jupiter Cable - Phase 1, starting approximately 3 ½ miles offshore and going west. This outer portion of the Jupiter Cable was installed offshore of Sand Lake, north of Cape Kiwanda, in Summer 2020. V11 thumb drives are available at the OFCC office at 2021 Marine Dr., Suite 102; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 503.325.2285 (or Scott at 503.440.3569). The near shore portion is scheduled to be laid Spring 2021.
Facebook joined the OFCC on June 20, 2018, becoming the ninth
submarine cable owner, joining General Communications, Inc.
(GCI), Alaska Communications (ACS), Verizon, Tata Communications,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, GU Holdings Inc. (Google),
Microsoft Infrastructure Group, LLC., and Hawaiki Submarine
Cable USA LLC. Facebook is one of the consortium owners of
the Jupiter cable system. The Jupiter system will land in
California and in Oregon. The California portion has been
completed. Phase 1 of the Oregon landing of the Jupiter system,
going west from 3 ½ miles offshore, was in Summer 2020
off Sand Lake, near Cape Kiwanda. The near shore portion of
the installation is planned for Spring 2021. Facebook worked
with the Oregon fishing industry to get the best route crossing
the shelf and slope. Jupiter will cross the Pacific Ocean
to Japan and the Philippines, a total length of 4,860 nm.
The cable has a design capacity of 60 Tbps. SubCom is the
manufacturer and installer.
Platform and Gear Recovery
On July 7, 2018 the RV Bold Horizon, using a small Remote
Operated Vehicle (ROV), successfully recovered fishing gear
and the sub-surface platform the gear was fouled on. The science
platform, part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, was
struck by trawl gear on September 16, 2017, disabling the
platform and the shallow-water profiler that was onboard.
Pelagic Research Services, which was contracted to recover
the platform and gear, found the platform and a trawl door
about 38 fms off the bottom in 304 fms of water. OFCC Board
member and fisherman Gary Wintersteen assisted with the recovery.
Photos courtesy of Gary Wintersteen. More photos and video
are available on our Facebook
||The Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee is an association
of concerned Oregon commercial
trawl fishermen who have negotiated cooperative agreements
with fiber optic cable companies to protect the integrity of
the fiber optic network and the fishing grounds.
its inception, the committee works to follow the goals of
its charter - to facilitate communication, coordination and
cooperation between the fishing industry and the submarine
cable industry and to inform the fishing fleet of appropriate