Cruise inventory

RV Dana 1497H

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Dana (26D4)
Cruise identifier1497H
Cruise period1997-04-21 — 1997-04-30
StatusCompleted
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
Objectives1. To carry out an echo-integrator survey to determine the biomass and distribution of pelagic fish in an area off the Firth of Forth. This survey to be carried out during daylight hours when sandeels are most likely to have emerged from the seabed. Trawling to be carried out in areas with high densities of pelagic fish in order to determine fish species, size and age composition and weight-length relationships of the pelagic fish species and their main fish predators.
2. To map seabed sediment type using the acoustic system RoxAnn. Sediment samples to be collected by Box Corer from areas of varying sediment type, as determined by RoxAnn, so as to "groundtruth" the RoxAnn data. A video camera system to be deployed at each Box Core station in order to determine sediment macro-structure over a larger seabed region.
3. To sample sandeels buried in the sediment using a modified scallop dredge from a range of different sediment habitats and over a range of water depths. This sampling to be carried out at night when sandeels are usually absent from the water column.
4. To collect meteorological data, sea surface salinity, temperature and phytoplankton load, and water current velocity and direction at various depths continuously during the course of the cruise. To collect information on water temperature and salinity profiles at regular intervals throughout the cruise.

[Cruise report not entire and hence it is unknown whether all objectives were fulfilled and a complete set of measurements taken]
Chief scientistSimon Greenstreet (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportRV Dana 1497H cruise report dana_1497h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.07 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificFirth of Forth
Track chartsRV Dana 1497H cruise track — dana_1497htrack.pdf (00 MB) 
Measurements 
Biology and fisheries 
Demersal fishQuantity: number of stations = 16
Acoustic reflection on marine organisms.