Cruise inventory

FV Lady Patricia Young Fish Survey 2005

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FV Lady Patricia (74LQ)
Cruise identifierYoung Fish Survey 2005
Cruise period2005-09-01 — 2005-09-10
Port of departureFolkestone, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom
ObjectivesTo carry out an inshore beam trawl survey of parts of the North Sea and English Channel for juvenile flatfish year class size estimation and collect data on young demersal fish in relation to the environment.
Three teams of two staff working on charter vessels carried out the Young Fish Survey.
Team 1
Staff travelled to Folkestone on 1st September and the survey commenced the following day using F.V. lady Patricia. A total of 27 valid survey stations were completed in Dungeness Bay between Folkestone and Rye Harbour over a 2-day period without any damage. On completion of the survey from Folkestone the staff travelled to Hastings where 47 valid tows were fished successfully over a period of 4 days between Bexhill and Rye Harbour on F.V. St Richard. A further 11 valid tows were carried out using F.V. Halcyon from Sovereign Harbour after which the staff travelled back to Lowestoft on 10th September.
All of the 85 core tows were completed successfully. The catch rates for sole and plaice varied between survey locations, with very few fish being taken at the western end of the survey area in Pevensey and Norman's Bays. Higher than normal numbers of plaice were taken in Dungeness bay; sole catches were low compared with recent years with the only sizeable numbers being taken close inshore at Hastings Stade. Otoliths were collected for ageing purposes from sole and plaice.
Chief scientistJohn Dann (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFV Lady Patricia Young Fish Survey 2005 cruise programme youngfishsurvey_05.pdf — access key 'C' (0.01 MB) 
Cruise reportFV Lady Patricia Young Fish Survey 2005 cruise report youngfishsurvey_05.pdf — access key 'C' (0.81 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
North Sea
SpecificDungeness Bay to Eastbourne
Track chartsFV Lady Patricia Young Fish Survey 2005 cruise track — youngfishsurvey_05trk.pdf (0.80 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 85
Description: sole/plaice catches