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FRV Alba Na Mara 1416A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1416A
Cruise period2016-07-25 — 2016-08-04
StatusCompleted
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesObjective

To retrieve and re-deploy a series of moorings comprising either dhan buoys (eight surface marked moorings) or acoustic release systems (22 sub-surface acoustic release moorings) and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (30 C-POD and 10 SM units) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme (ECOMMAS).

Procedure

Loading of all equipment will be carried out on 22 July when the previous survey (1316A) returns to Fraserburgh. Alba na Mara will sail from Fraserburgh on the morning of 25 July and after all vessel drills make for the first mooring position. The ultimate order in which the moorings are retrieved/deployed will be dictated by the weather forecast and the likely shelter that can be sought along the east coast. Accurate position records will be kept detailing where the moorings are eventually placed as this may differ slightly from the planned position. Moorings that cannot be found or retrieved will be replaced with the same type of mooring if spares are available. Recovered PAM devices will be returned to the Marine Laboratory at the end of the survey.

Once all the moorings have been retrieved and redeployed Alba na Mara will return to Fraserburgh by 4 August to unload the remaining gear and allow the scientific crew to disembark and return to Aberdeen. Normal contacts will be maintained with the Marine Laboratory.
Chief scientistRobert Watret (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificEast coast of Scotland