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RV Prince Madog PD12/04

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Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Prince Madog (74P2)
Cruise identifierPD12/04
Cruise period2004-04-04 — 2004-04-09
StatusCompleted
Port of departureMenai Bridge, United Kingdom
Port of returnMenai Bridge, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesA large number of offshore wind farm developments are proposed in the shallow waters around the coast of the United Kingdom. Many of the proposed areas for development coincide with the occurrence of a significant proportion of the European over-wintering population of the common scoter duck, Melanitta nigra, which is a priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. There is environmental concern that the development of wind farms will displace common scoter into less favourable feeding areas or will alter the seabed habitat such that the preferred food of the ducks is no longer available. The prey organisms of scoter duck are largely (80%) reported to be bivalve molluscs that occur in water no deeper than 20m chart datum. This is the third cruise in a series of seasonal surveys of the availability and quality of potential scoter duck prey organisms. The aim is to monitor the distribution and temporal variation of benthic communities with particular focus on bivalve populations in the North-Eastern Irish Sea. The choice of monitoring stations is based on the results of an extensive survey carried out in August 2003, which mapped the distribution of bivalve abundances and biomass throughout the shallow areas (depth<20m) of Liverpool Bay.
Chief scientistMichel J Kaiser (University of Wales, Bangor School of Ocean Sciences)
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
SpecificIrish Sea
Measurements 
Biology and fisheries 
Zoobenthos
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of experiments = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 7MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 12.9 m
Zoobenthos
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of profiles = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 2MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 17.2 m
Zoobenthos
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of image series = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 12MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.4 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of deployments = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 75L - 4 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 7.5 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of dives = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 6MS-A - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.3 m
Zoobenthos
ZoobenthosQuantity: data volume in gigabytes = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 11MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 14.2 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of recoveries = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 76L - 4 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 8.9 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of measurements = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 4MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 13 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of cores = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 3MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.9 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: sample litres = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 10MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 15.7 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of flights = 12
Description: 05/04/2004 88L - 4x 3 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 7 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of observations = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 6MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.3 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of surveys = 12
Description: 04/04/2004 83L - 4x 3 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 7.9 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: sample kilograms = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 9MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 13.3 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: survey square kilometres = 12
Description: 05/04/2004 77L - 4x 3 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 7.9 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of samples = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 1MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 15.3 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of track lines = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 68L - 4 grab samples on River Dee - Depth 8.5 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: sample baskets = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 8MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 13 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of species = 12
Description: 08/04/2004 91L - 4x 3 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 9.7 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: activity months = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 5MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 12.8 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of specimens = 4
Description: 04/04/2004 79L - 4 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 9 m
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of images = 4
Description: 05/04/2004 78L - 4 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 10 m
Molluscs
Molluscs
MolluscsQuantity: number of deployments = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 75L - 4 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 7.5 m
Molluscs
MolluscsQuantity: number of recoveries = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 76L - 4 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 8.9 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of cores = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 3MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.9 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of flights = 12
Description: 05/04/2004 88L - 4x 3 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 7 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of surveys = 12
Description: 04/04/2004 83L - 4x 3 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 7.9 m
MolluscsQuantity: survey square kilometres = 12
Description: 05/04/2004 77L - 4x 3 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 7.9 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of track lines = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 68L - 4 grab samples on River Dee - Depth 8.5 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of species = 12
Description: 08/04/2004 91L - 4x 3 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 9.7 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of specimens = 4
Description: 04/04/2004 79L - 4 grab samples on Llandulas - Depth 9 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of images = 4
Description: 05/04/2004 78L - 4 grab samples on Chester Flats - Depth 10 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of image series = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 12MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.4 m
MolluscsQuantity: data volume in gigabytes = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 11MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 14.2 m
MolluscsQuantity: sample litres = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 10MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 15.7 m
MolluscsQuantity: sample kilograms = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 9MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 13.3 m
MolluscsQuantity: sample baskets = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 8MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 13 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of experiments = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 7MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 12.9 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of dives = 4
Description: 08/04/2004 6MS-A - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.3 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of observations = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 6MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 11.3 m
MolluscsQuantity: activity months = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 5MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 12.8 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of measurements = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 4MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 13 m
MolluscsQuantity: number of profiles = 4
Description: 07/04/2004 2MS - 4 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 17.2 m
Molluscs
MolluscsQuantity: number of samples = 12
Description: 07/04/2004 1MS - 4x 3 grab samples on Shell Flat - Depth 15.3 m