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FRV Alba Na Mara 1512A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1512A
Cruise period2012-09-05 — 2012-09-19
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. Conduct comparative surveys to compare Nephrops burrow density estimates obtained using the sledge with estimates obtained using the drop frame.
2. To obtain estimates of the distribution and abundance of Nephrops burrows in the sea lochs of the North Minch functional unit using underwater cameras.
3. To obtain information on the extent of Nephrops habitat in North Minch sea lochs, using sediment grabs and underwater cameras.
4. TV footage to record the occurrence of other benthic fauna and evidence of commercial trawling activity.
5. To undertake a swathe survey for lost RDCP in Loch Linnhe


TV work will normally take place during daylight hours.

If any trawling takes place during this survey, it will be carried out in the evening. On days when this occurs, work patterns will be arranged so not to exceed WTD recommendations.

It is proposed that the comparative TV work will commence in the Moray Firth, followed by abundance and seabed mapping on the west coast. It is planned to carry out the swathe work on the last working day prior to arrival in Oban for unloading.

Normal contacts will be maintained with the laboratory.
Chief scientistAdrian Weetman (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
ProjectSU02NS (20159)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1512A cruise programme 1512a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.03 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificMoray Firth, North Minch, Loch Linnhe