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RV Lough Foyle LF 2402

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Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Lough Foyle (74LG)
Cruise identifierLF 2402
Cruise period2002-06-09 — 2002-06-12
Port of departureBelfast, United Kingdom
Port of returnBelfast, United Kingdom

1. To investigate the distribution and processes which determine the success of gadoid development through to settlement.
2. To estimate the abundance of juveniles to determine the strength of the 2002 year-class of gadoids in the western Irish Sea for use in stock assessments.
3. To obtain samples for otolith primary increment analysis.


The vessel sailed at 21:00 on 9 June 2002 Belfast and proceeded to the first station off county Down (Figure 1b). Sampling started at 01:30 on 10 June. The survey was completed at 05:00 on 12 June.

Plankton and fish larvae were sampled with the Gulf VII high speed plankton sampler and young pelagic juvenile cod, haddock and whiting, with the 5m² MIK net. Both gears were deployed to within 3m of the seabed in a double oblique manner. MIK nets were deployed at night, whilst the majority of gulf deployments took place during the day.

Samples were sorted, identified, enumerated and weighed onboard within 20 minutes of capture. Gadoids were fixed in 99% ethanol.
Chief scientistMark Dickey-Collas (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland)
Cruise reportRV Lough Foyle LF 2402 cruise report lf24_02.pdf — access key 'C' (0.09 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
SpecificIrish Sea (north); ICES div. VIIa