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NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada Visits Newport
The NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada made a port call in her new homeport of Newport, Oregon on June 6, 2010. She came in under a steady drizzle but to a warm welcome. She spent three days in Newport. The Bell M. Shimada is one of the most technologically-advanced fisheries vessels in the world. She was launched in 2008 and added to the NOAA fleet in February of 2010. Her primary mission is to protect, restore, and manage living marine resources through ecosystem-based management in a changing climate. FSV Bell M. Shimada is 208.6 feet long. Her range is 12,000 nm at 12 knots/endurance 40 days. She is named for Bell Masayuki Shimada, who served with the Bureau of Fisheries and Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and was known for his contributions to the study of tropical Pacific tuna stocks, which were important to the development of West Coast commercial fisheries following World War II. Bell M. Shimada's son, Allen, is a fisheries scientist with NOAA's Fisheries Service.