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RV Cirolana CIR2/03

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Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cirolana (74CZ)
Cruise identifierCIR2/03
Cruise period2003-03-04 — 2003-04-04
StatusCompleted
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesThis cruise was in two Parts. Part 1: 04-19 March; Part 2: 21 Mar - 03 April.
The aims were:
1. To carry out a trawl survey of the Celtic Sea, to obtain information on:
a) Distribution, size composition and abundance of all fish species;
b) Age - length distribution of selected species;
c) The distribution of roundfish in areas recently identified by the Southwest industry;
d) The detailed distribution of spawning cod (Gadus morhua) in the NW of ICES Division VIIg (Celtic Sea);
e) Collect biological data in support of EU Data Collection Regulation.
2. To sample juvenile fish for recruitment studies.
3. To collect material for fish identification courses.
4. To collect and preserve frozen, all scallops (Pectin maximus) that are caught.
5. To continue the development and testing of electronic data capture equipment.
6. To collect plankton samples in order to estimate onset of mackerel (Scomber scombrus) spawning (S. Milligan).
7. To collect hake (Merluccius merluccius) maturity and fecundity material (P. Witthames).
8. To obtain length distributions of mackerel within the Mackerel Box (C. Darby).
9. To carry out comparative fishing trials with Celtic Explorer in a variety of depths and on a mix of bottom types.
Chief scientistStephen Warnes (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise reportRV Cirolana CIR2/03 cruise report ciro2_03.pdf — access key 'C' (0.20 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
Celtic Sea
SpecificCeltic Sea, South Western Approaches, western English Channel
Track chartsRV Cirolana CIR2/03 cruise track — ciro2_03trk.pdf (00 MB) 
Measurements 
Biology and fisheries 
Pelagic fishQuantity: number of species = 35
Description: frozen for use in Royal Naval Fishery Protection Squadron fish identification courses.
Demersal fishQuantity: number of species = 35
Description: frozen for use in Royal Naval Fishery Protection Squadron fish identification courses.
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 48
Description: using the Portuguese High Headline Trawl at standard locations