Cruise inventory

MFV Aspire Jan1987

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)MFV Aspire (74KN)
Cruise identifierJan1987
Cruise period1987-01-12 — 1987-01-30
Port of departureAvoch, United Kingdom
Port of returnAvoch, United Kingdom
ObjectivesTo tag "haflin" (2-ring) herring in the inner Moray Firth with "Floy" T tags.

Vessels left 12/01/87 - proceeded to sea and began echo-search of Inverness Firth. Ring net shot 5 times that day - 2 good catches of herring but too small to tag. 1st week of charter 19 hauls made - not many 2-ring herring. 600 herring tagged. Second week - a further 16 hauls made in Inverness Firth. Tagged 7000 herring in the target length range of 17-24cm. Third week - good shoals of herring found in Munlochy/Avoch area. 6500 herring tagged. 2000 live herring (including 1-ring fish) returned to laboratory. Total: 14499 herring tagged.
Chief scientistJohn A Morrison (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), William S MacDonald (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportMFV Aspire Jan1987 cruise report aspireandrose_jan87.pdf — access key 'C' (0.09 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Track chartsMFV Aspire Jan1987 cruise track — aspireandrose_jan87track.pdf (0.02 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
Demersal fishQuantity: number of specimens = 2000
Description: live herrings (including 1-ring) returned to laboratory
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 35
Description: Hauls were made in Beauly, Inverness and Cromarty Firths.
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 5
Description: The ring net was shot several times and good catches of herring were made.
TaggingsQuantity: number of specimens = 14499
Description: herring tagged
Geology and geophysics 
Multi-beam echosoundingQuantity: number of surveys = 1
Description: At the Inverness Firth an echo-search survey was carried out. Good herring marks were found at Caledonian Canal and Munlochy Bay.