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FRV Explorer 3/76

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Explorer (74EX)
Cruise identifier3/76
Cruise period1976-04-19 — 1976-05-02
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives1) To perform an acoutic survey of blue whiting stocks to the west of Scotland
2) To carry out fishing with a pelagic trawl as required to identify echo traces and provide samples for biological investigation, and to pass fish to TRS for processing trials
3) To tow a Continuous Plankton Recorder for IMER for investigation of blue whiting egg and larval distribution

The survey was interrupted on the 27/04/1976 till the 28/04/1976 to change personnel in Stornoway. The echosounder and integrator was calibrated in Broadbay before resuming the survey. Blue whiting from the last catch were transferred to the TRS vessel Sir William Hardy for freezing
Chief scientistJohn Richards (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Explorer 3/76 cruise report explorer3_76.pdf — access key 'C' (1.64 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNW of Shetland, Broadbay, NE of Rosemary Bank, southern edge of Faroe Bank, Faroe plateau
Track chartsFRV Explorer 3/76 cruise track — trk1847.html
Biology and fisheries 
Pelagic fishQuantity: number of hauls = 6
Description: For blue whiting and samples for biological investigation
Exploratory fishing