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BODC Cruise Metadata Report for FRV Scotia (748S) cruise 1503S


This report collates information from the BODC cruise inventory and oceanographic databases. It presents

Cruise Inventory Information

Long name FRV Scotia (748S) cruise 1503S
Short name 1503S
Objectives and Narrative 1. To conduct an acoustic survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of mackerel in the northern North Sea (ICES division IVa).
2. To obtain samples of mackerel for biological analysis, including age, length, weight, sex and maturity.
3. To conduct a towed O.P.C./C.T.D. survey of the Fladen area of the North Sea during transit.
Ship FRV Scotia
Departure Port Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Departure Date 2003-10-04
Arrival Port Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Arrival Date 2003-10-22
Principal Scientist(s) Paul G Fernandes (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Responsible Organisation Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
Associated Project(s)
IHB Sea Areas Visited North Sea
Marsden Squares Visited 181;3/216;3/217;1/252;1
Work Area Description Northern North Sea: Fladen Ground, Viking Bank
Work Area Bounding Polygon 55N,5W; 65N,5W; 65N,5E; 55N,5E; 55N,5W
Southern Limit 55N
Northern Limit 65N
Western Limit 5W
Eastern Limit 5E

Cruise Inventory Datasets

Physical oceanography  
CTD stations Quantity: number of stations = 14
Subsurface temperature and salinity measurements Quantity: activity duration in days = 18
Description: Thermosalinograph measurements  
Biology and fisheries  
Acoustic reflection on marine organisms. Quantity: number of measurements = 981
Description: Acoustic log intervals of 15 minutes duration  
Other biological/fisheries measurement Quantity: number of specimens = 4732
Description: mackerel measured for length, 886 sampled for weight, sex, maturity and otoliths  
Other biological/fisheries measurement Quantity: number of deployments = 3
Description: Tows of the multisampling towed body(optical plankton counter, CTD, pup nets) at 130 metres at a speed of 5.5 knots.  
Other biological/fisheries measurement Quantity: number of specimens = 3965
Description: fish measured for length, herring 3816, saithe 118, haddock 31  
Pelagic fish Quantity: number of hauls = 19
Description: 15 trawls contained mackerel  

Cruise Inventory Mooring/Buoy Operations

No information on datasets is currently available

Summary of BODC Data Holdings for the Cruise

National Oceanographic Database


# Series Instrument Description Parameters
13 CTD/STD cast Temperature of the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates

Note: Parameter terms are taken from the BODC Parameter Discovery Vocabulary XML (SKOS)

Full List

BODC Reference Instrument Description Date/Time Location  
631195 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-05 18:43Z 58° 30' N, 0° 31' W Click for more
631202 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-07 17:11Z 61° 32' N, 1° 40' W Click for more
631214 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-09 10:01Z 61° 1' N, 1° 55' W Click for more
631226 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-13 09:40Z 60° 3' N, 0° 23' W Click for more
631238 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-13 23:54Z 60° 31' N, 2° 31' E Click for more
631251 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-14 08:39Z 60° 24' N, 3° 19' E Click for more
631263 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-15 07:06Z 60° 9' N, 2° 36' E Click for more
631275 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-16 07:43Z 59° 39' N, 2° 51' E Click for more
631287 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-16 16:12Z 59° 48' N, 1° 6' E Click for more
631306 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-18 11:17Z 59° 33' N, 3° 28' E Click for more
631318 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-19 23:44Z 60° 48' N, 2° 45' E Click for more
631331 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-20 05:50Z 61° 3' N, 2° 31' E Click for more
631343 CTD/STD cast 2003-10-20 12:59Z 61° 6' N, 1° 0' E Click for more

Project Database

No data currently held for this cruise in the BODC Project Database


Track Charts

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