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FRV Alba Na Mara 0415A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0415A
Cruise period2015-03-29 — 2015-04-17
StatusCompleted
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesObjectives

1. To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the West Coast.
2. To assess shell damage on all scallops caught.
3. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species.
4. To identify and quantify numbers of starfish species in all dredge tows.
5. To collect data on scallop ring measurements.
6. To collect scallop meat weight biological data.
7. To collect flesh samples for toxin analysis back at the laboratory.

Procedure

Scallop dredge hauls will be made at sites used on previous surveys and other known commercial grounds as shown Figure 1. Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration. All of the scallops from each haul will be measured to the half centimetre below and aged. Numbers and size distribution of commercial fish and shellfish species will be recorded along with scallop shell damage and starfish numbers and species. From selected sites, scallop ring measurements shall be taken along with scallop meat weight information. In addition to this, tissue samples will be collected from selected sites and frozen for toxin analysis back at the laboratory.

Normal contacts will be maintained with the laboratory.
Chief scientistJohn Turriff (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificWest coast of Scotland
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 0415A cruise track — 0415atrk.pdf (00 MB)