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RV Cefas Endeavour 4/05

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Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)
Cruise identifier4/05
Cruise period2005-03-28 — 2005-04-02
StatusCompleted
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesThis was the first of five related cruises to the Silver Pit, central North Sea, in 2005 to describe the effects of fishing and the environment on production and food web structure during a seasonal production cycle. The data collected will be used to parameterise size-based food web models and to describe how seasonal patterns of energy flow affect indicators of fisheries impacts on trophic structure, biomass and production. The specific objectives of the cruise were:
1. To collect samples to allow analysis of spatial and temporal variation in carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios close to the base of marine food chains (filter feeding infauna and zooplankton).
2. To collect samples to allow analysis of relationships between body size, energy content and trophic level (from nitrogen stable isotope analysis (in space and time for zooplankton, benthic invertebrate and fish communities.
3. To collect samples to allow analysis of relationships between body size and production for zooplankton, benthic invertebrate and fish communities.
All the aims were successfully completed.
Chief scientistSimon Jennings (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise reportRV Cefas Endeavour 4/05 cruise report endeavour4_05.pdf — access key 'C' (0.13 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificSilver Pit region
Measurements 
Biology and fisheries 
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of stations = 13
Description: TTN tows.
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of hauls = 12
Description: made using 2m beam trawl.
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 8
Description: 4-m beam trawls.
Geology and geophysics 
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 5
Description: NIOZ cores.