Cruise inventory

RRS Challenger CH3/78

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Challenger (74CH)
Cruise identifierCH3/78
Cruise period1978-02-16 — 1978-02-25
Port of departureArdrossan, United Kingdom
Port of returnBarry, United Kingdom
Objectives1. To obtain an epibenthic sled samples of the abyssal macrobenthos of the SMBA permanent station on 54 40'N 12 16'W at 2900m depth in order to continue a seasonal time series started in November 1975.
2. To test the MK II box corer at abyssal depths and to obtain a series of quantitative cores on the permanent station in order to continue studies of macrobenthic community structure.
3. To obtain hauls of the benthic megafauna using an Agassiz trawl in order to continue seasonality studies, especially on brittlestars.
4. To finish a partially completed box coring transect up the Hebridean slope in order to study bathyal zonation.
5. To attempt a box corer and Agassiz transect on the lower Rockall Trough/Porcupine Abyssal Plain.
Chief scientistJohn D Gage (Scottish Marine Biological Association)
Cruise reportRRS Challenger CH3/78 cruise report ch3_78.pdf — access key 'C' (0.15 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Track chartsRRS Challenger CH3/78 cruise track — trk1840.html
Chemical oceanography 
Other chemical oceanographic measurementsDescription: hydrocarbons
Biology and fisheries 
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of hauls = 4
Description: taxonomy,population studies