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RV Corystes COR15/96

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Corystes (74RY)
Cruise identifierCOR15/96
Cruise period1996-12-04 — 1996-12-21
StatusCompleted
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesOne of a series of fish migration cruises to study the migratory behaviour of plaice in the North Sea.
Main tasks:
1) To release approximately 180 adult plaice equipped with Mk I DFR data storage tags (DSTs) together with a similar number of control fish tagged with Petersen tags.
2) To estimate errors in determining swimming speed and direction of fish tracked with Sector Scanning Sonar by "tracking" an acoustic tage mounted on static gear.
3) To test the light gathering performance of a Mk III DST on static gear near the sea bed (to be carried out in conjunction with Aim 2).
4) To estimate swimming speed and orientation of plaice on their pre-spawing migration by simultaneous use of Sector Scanning Sonar and ADCP.
5) To compare sonar tracking and DST technologies on a free-ranging fish by tracking a plaice equipped with both types of tag.
Chief scientistJulian David Metcalfe (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Lowestoft Fisheries Laboratory)
Cruise reportRV Corystes COR15/96 cruise report cory15_96.pdf — access key 'C' (2.41 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Specificsouthern North Sea
Track chartsRV Corystes COR15/96 cruise track — trk4243.html
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Current profiler (eg ADCP)Quantity: number of profiles = 3600
Description: Speed and direction of water currents averaged over 10m periods in 4m depth bins during fish tracking
Biology and fisheries 
TaggingsQuantity: number of specimens = 208
Description: Taggings of 109 plaice equipped with Mk I data storage tags were released, 99 plaice with Peterson Discs successfully released
Other biological/fisheries measurementQuantity: number of measurements = 3600
Description: Geographical position and depth of tracked fish determined every 10m by Sector Scanning Sonar (to give range, bearing from ship and depth)
Moorings, landers, buoys 
Physical oceanography 
Current meters52° 30' 0" N  2° 4' 59" E — Aanderaa current meter and 2 pressure sensing (1 also light sensing) data storage tags - deployed 1200h, 05/12/96; recovered 1500h 06/12/96
Sea level (inc. bot. press., inverted echosounder)52° 30' 0" N  2° 4' 59" E — Aanderaa current meter and 2 pressure sensing (1 also light sensing) data storage tags - deployed 1200h, 05/12/96; recovered 1500h 06/12/96