Search the data

BODC Cruise Metadata Report for FRV Scotia (748S) cruise 0606S


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

Cruise Inventory Information

Long name FRV Scotia (748S) cruise 0606S
Short name 0606S
Objectives and Narrative Objectives

1. To conduct a trawl and baited camera survey around the Buzzard platform site.
2. To carry out further baited camera and trawl sampling at other selected locations away from the Buzzard platform and/or at the Scott and Telford platform sites.
3. To collect sediments for organic carbon, particle size, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), chlorobiphenyl (CB) and brominated flame retardants (BFR) chemistry within the Buzzard survey area and from selected locations away from the Buzzard site.
4. To sample flatfish species from trawls in the survey area and other locations for biological effects (hepatic mixed function oxidase by EROD determination and PAH bile metabolites) and chemical analyses (PAH and CB).
5. To test fish traps tested as a method for collecting samples around the platform in the future.


Scotia sailed from Aberdeen at 1000 on Tuesday 11 April and made passage to the Buchan Deeps to carry out winch tests and shakedown deployments of the baited camera mooring. However, problems with one of the propulsion motors forced a return to Aberdeen where the vessel remained until 1500 the following day. Once performance tests were complete, Scotia made way towards the Buchan Deeps, arriving at 1800. An un-instrumented familiarization deployment of the frame and mooring line was carried out. Once this had been recovered, and winch tests were complete, Scotia continued to the Buzzard control site, arriving on station at 2225. The first baited camera deployment was made shortly afterwards. A second deployment was made 1200m to the south of the platform in the early hours of Thursday morning. During retrieval of this deployment, later that morning, marginal weather conditions resulted in the vessel running over the mooring line as it was brought onboard and the line parted approximately 15m above the floatation package.
Ship FRV Scotia
Departure Port Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Departure Date 2006-04-11
Arrival Port Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Arrival Date 2006-04-20
Principal Scientist(s) Emma Jones (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Responsible Organisation Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
Associated Project(s) MFO6s
IHB Sea Areas Visited North Sea
Marsden Squares Visited 181;3
Work Area Description Buzzard Platform region, northwestern North Sea
Work Area Bounding Polygon 55N,5W; 60N,5W; 60N,0E; 55N,0E; 55N,5W
Southern Limit 55N
Northern Limit 60N
Western Limit 5W
Eastern Limit 0E

Cruise Inventory Datasets

Physical oceanography  
CTD stations Quantity: number of stations = 15
Biology and fisheries  
Demersal fish Quantity: number of deployments = 20
Description: A number of deployments were made with a baited camera. 900 photos were taken.  
Demersal fish Quantity: number of hauls = 9
Description: A number of GOV trawls were made throughout the cruise.  
Demersal fish Quantity: number of hauls = 8
Description: A number of beam trawls were made throughout the cruise.  
Geology and geophysics  
Bottom photography Quantity: number of deployments = 20
Description: A number of deployments were made with a baited camera. 900 photos were taken.  
Grab Description: A number of Day grabs took place during the cruise. No. of grabs not noted.  

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
15 CTD/STD cast Density of the water column
Electrical conductivity of the water column
Salinity of the water column
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  
729978 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-14 14:52Z 57° 34' N, 0° 25' W Click for more
729991 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-15 12:33Z 57° 52' N, 1° 7' W Click for more
730003 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-16 11:32Z 57° 49' N, 1° 4' W Click for more
730015 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-16 15:42Z 57° 48' N, 0° 58' W Click for more
730027 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-16 18:10Z 57° 46' N, 0° 54' W Click for more
730039 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-17 12:08Z 57° 45' N, 0° 55' W Click for more
730040 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-17 14:41Z 57° 48' N, 0° 54' W Click for more
730052 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-17 15:24Z 57° 48' N, 0° 57' W Click for more
730064 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-17 15:50Z 57° 48' N, 0° 58' W Click for more
730076 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-17 16:43Z 57° 48' N, 0° 59' W Click for more
730088 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-17 17:15Z 57° 49' N, 0° 58' W Click for more
730107 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-18 10:56Z 57° 49' N, 0° 58' W Click for more
730119 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-19 07:28Z 57° 45' N, 0° 54' W Click for more
730120 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-19 09:53Z 57° 49' N, 0° 51' W Click for more
730132 CTD/STD cast 2006-04-19 13:46Z 57° 45' N, 0° 58' W Click for more

Project Database

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


Track Charts

No track charts currently available


Cruise Report