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FRV Scotia 0113S Pt2

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0113S Pt2
Cruise period2013-01-10 — 2013-01-22
Port of departureRosyth, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP).
2. To collect water samples for nutrient studies as part of the Scottish Coastal Eutrophication Assessment Survey (SCEAS).
3. Undertake CSEMP sediment sampling in the Firth of Forth for SEPA.
4. Undertake additional fish sampling for integrated assessment ROAME
5. Monitor and record all litter brought aboard in all trawls. Sample water column and sediment for microplastic litter.


At the four CSEMP fixed sites (NMMP85, NMMP95, NMMP105, NMMP165) sediment and fish will be sampled.

Stratified random samples of sediment will be taken from one stratum on the East coast, four strata in the Fladen Ground, two strata in Shetland, two strata in the Moray Firth, two strata in the North Minch and one stratum in the Sea of Hebrides. Fish sampling will be carried out within these strata, except for the Sea of Hebrides.

Sediments will be sampled for chemical analyses at all locations. Sediment will be sieved for macrobenthos analysis (1 mm sieve) only at the stratified random sampling locations. Fish will be sampled for biological effects measurements and chemical analyses. Some biological effects measurements will be carried out during the cruise.

Additional sediment sampling will be carried out at 5 sites in the Firth of Forth, in support of CSEMP sampling for SEPA.

Surface water will be collected for hydrographic nutrient studies (SCEAS) throughout the cruise at fixed time intervals. Nutrient samples will be analysed at sea where possible, otherwise will be appropriately stored and returned to the laboratory for analyses. Weather permitting one of the outward/return leg on the west coast will be to the west of the Hebrides to allow offshore sampling for nutrients.

In support of the Integrated Assessment ROAME both plaice and dab will be sampled, if present, in the outer Moray Firth, Montrose Bank, Shetland, North Minch and the Fladen Ground.

Monitoring of all litter brought on board during trawling operations will continue throughout the cruise. Testing of the sampling equipment for microplastics in the water column will be carried out in each of the fishing areas, weather and time permitting. Sites will be those within the CSEMP cruise track and will be defined in advance. Additional sediment samples will also be taken at all sites sampled for microplastics in the water column.

Weather and time permitting extra sediment will be collected to provide a chemistry laboratory reference material. Where possible if sufficient suitable fish not required for other studies are obtained during trawling livers will be sampled for a reference material.
Chief scientistMarie Russell (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
ProjectST03o, ST03n, STO3q, ST002
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0113S Pt2 cruise programme 0113s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.07 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificFirth of Forth, Fladen Ground, Shetland, Moray Firth, North Minch, Sea of Hebrides