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RV Cefas Endeavour 8/05

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Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)
Cruise identifier8/05
Cruise period2005-05-21 — 2005-05-26
StatusCompleted
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesThis was the second 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.
Chief scientistTracy Ann Maxwell (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise reportRV Cefas Endeavour 8/05 cruise report endeavour08_05.pdf — access key 'C' (0.03 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificSilver Pitt region
Measurements 
Biology and fisheries 
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of stations = 8
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of hauls = 12
Description: 2m beam trawls.
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 9
Description: 4m beam trawls. The fish caught on these tows were processed for stable isotope and energetic analysis.
Geology and geophysics 
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of cores = 35
Description: NIOZ cores to obtain benthic infauna for stable isotope and energetic analysis.