Cruise inventory

FRV Explorer 5/78

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Explorer (74EX)
Cruise identifier5/78
Cruise period1978-04-18 — 1978-04-27
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives1) To obtain samples of water and sediment in grid patterns around 2 of the largest North Sea production sites, Brent and Forties
2) To complete a line of stations on the Forth-Forties line
3) Scientific fishing hauls for demersal fish were carried out around the Forties production platforms, on the Bergen Bank and on the Aberdeen Bank to collect fish for the TRS taste pannel
4) At as many stations possible, heterotrophic mineralisation of hydrocarbons and bacteria number counting for oil degraders were carried out on sediment and water
5) Fish caught in the sediment samples will be analysed for arsenic

Part II of this cruise was cancelled
Chief scientistJohn M Davies (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Explorer 5/78 cruise report explorer5_78.pdf — access key 'C' (1.84 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificBergen Bank
Track chartsFRV Explorer 5/78 cruise track — trk2256.html
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 28
Petroleum residues
Chlorinated hydrocarbons
Bottom deposits
Biology and fisheries 
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)Quantity: 21
Eggs and larvaeDescription: distribution