RV Cefas Endeavour 13/06
|Ship name (ship code)||RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)|
|Cruise period||2006-06-19 — 2006-07-10|
|Port of departure||Swansea, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Lowestoft, United Kingdom|
|Objectives||1. To collect samples of demersal fish for chemical analysis from the Irish Sea, North Sea and Eastern English Channel in support of the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP) formerly the UK National Marine Monitoring Programme (UK NMMP).
2. To collect fish samples at CSEMP sites for fish disease and genotoxic markers (e.g. DNA adducts).
3. To collect fish samples at CSEMP sites for biochemical markers (e.g. EROD and bile metabolites analysis).
4. To sample representative CSEMP stations using grab, multicore and beam trawl for trace metal contaminants, sediment particle size analysis, PAHs and benthic fauna.
5. To trial the proposed redesign of the CSEMP in two offshore regions. Sediment samples will be collected using a day grab for benthos, trace metals, organics and chlorophyll. Water samples will be collected for nutrients and chlorophyll.
6. To collect biota where appropriate for the determination of imposex in support of OSPAR requirements.
7. To collect fish samples from CSEMP and other targeted sites and, specifically, from sites on the South Coast for potential inclusion on the list of targeted CSEMP species. Biomarker measures from current reference sites (Rye Bay, Cardigan Bay) can then be used to assess suitability of species for inclusion in the CSEMP suite of biomarker techniques.
8. Approximately sixteen deep (~2-3 m) sediment cores will be collected in the Irish Sea using a Vibrocorer operated by staff working for a specialist subcontractor (Alluvial Mining). This is part of a project (C2170) being carried out for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
PLAN: Scientific staff will arrive at the ship on the evening of Sunday 18th June. An induction course will be conducted on the morning of the 19th June. RV Endeavour will sail from Swansea on the midday tide on the 19th June and sail to Carmarthen Bay to take samples under aims 1, 2, 3 and 7. RV Endeavour will then sail to Cardigan Bay where samples will be taken at the CSEMP stations under aims 1,2,3 and 4. Further sampling sampling will take place at CSEMP stations at Red Wharf Bay, Liverpool Bay (including trend samples), Morecambe Bay, SE Isle of Man and Dundrum Bay under aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. Sampling using the Vibrocorer (aim 8) will take place after RV Endeavour completes its work in Cardigan Bay and it is envisaged that this work will take place at night. After completing the sampling of stations in the Irish Sea the ship will then steam south where RV Endeavour will then take samples at stations along the south coast under aims 1, 2 3 and 7. Endeavour will then steam north to sample CSEMP stations at Rye Bay, Thames Warp and Gabbard under aims 1, 2, 3 and 7. Further North CSEMP stations on the East coast, Central North Sea and Dogger Bank under aims 1,2 and 3 will be sampled. RV Endeavour will sail to Lowestoft to dock on the 10th July.
|Chief scientist||John Edward Thain (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Burnham Laboratory)|
|Project||Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP)|
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
Irish Sea and St. George's Channel