RV Cefas Endeavour 18/16
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)|
|Cruise period||2016-08-08 — 2016-09-07|
|Port of departure||Lowestoft, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Lowestoft, United Kingdom|
To carry out a groundfish survey of the North Sea as part of the ICES coordinated IBTS, using a hybrid GOV trawl in order to obtain information on:
a) Distribution, size composition and abundance of all fish species caught.
b) Age - length distribution of selected species.
c) Distribution of fish in relation to their environment.
d) Distribution of macrobenthos and anthropogenic debris.
e) Surface and bottom temperature and salinity data using CTD cast and Niskin Bottle.
f) Length weight & maturity information using individual fish measurements, in support of the EU Data Regulation.
g) To collect marine litter from the trawl
RV Cefas Endeavour sailed from Lowestoft on 8 August 2016 to begin the Quarter 3 IBTS North Sea Groundfish Survey for the UK. A valid GOV trawl haul was successfully completed at all of the 76 primary station positions. Surface and bottom salinity samples and a water column CTD profile were taken at 51 of the primary stations fished. A total of 9450 biological samples were taken for the primary target species. In addition, a total of 20 elasmobranchs were captured, tagged and released during the survey. RV Cefas Endeavour returned back to Lowestoft on 7 September.
|Chief scientist||Benjamin Hatton (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)|
|Coordinating body||International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)|
|Specific||North Sea (ICES area IV)|
|Track charts||(00 MB)|
|CTD stations||Quantity: number of stations = 72|
Description: 72 CTD casts; 51 standard casts and 21 additional casts with ESM2 profiler only
|CTD stations||Quantity: number of stations = 51|
Description: Salinity samples collected at surface and bottom using niskin at 51 stations
|Biology and fisheries|
|Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)||Quantity: number of experiments = 57|
Description: Pigment and flow cytometry conducted at 56 stations
|Demersal fish||Quantity: number of hauls = 95|
Description: 76 stations fished with hybrid GOV, two hauls completed for Scotland and 14 additional tows.
|Taggings||Quantity: number of specimens = 20|
Description: 20 elasmobranchs tagged with Petersen discs
|Other biological/fisheries measurement||Quantity: number of samples = 9450|
Description: 9450 biological samples, including otoliths collected for ageing purposes for commercial fish
|Other biological/fisheries measurement||Quantity: number of samples = 57|
Description: Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) analysis of seawater was conducted across 57 stations