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FRV Scotia 0907S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0907S
Cruise period2007-06-06 — 2007-06-26
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To obtain estimates of the abundance and distribution of Nephrops burrows in the Fladen Ground, the North Minch, the South Minch, Stanton Banks and the Firth of Clyde. If time permits stations in the Sound of Jura, the Noup and at Devil's Hole will also be surveyed.
2. To use the TV footage to record occurrence of other benthic fauna and evidence of commercial trawling activity.
3. To collect sediment samples at each station.
4. To carry out Nephrops trawling, one haul in each sediment stratum in each of the main survey areas, and to obtain samples for size composition analysis and biological features.
5. To collect samples of Nephrops for comparison of reproductive condition and morphometrics in different survey areas (functional units)
6. To conduct video transects in the Buzzard Field site as part of data required baseline data for the Serpent Project.
7. To further test the Visual Works software and recording equipment for future use in Nephrops UWTV surveys.


Scotia sailed from Aberdeen at 9.40 on 6 June and arrived at the Buzzard Oilfield at 14.30. Three deployments of the underwater TV (UWTV) sledge along transects near the rig and manifold and a fourth in the adjacent control area were completed by 18.30.

Scotia then steamed to the SW corner of the Fladen Ground where the Nephrops burrow UWTV survey started at 19.30. Early problems with the mini-grab sampler were resolved and three TV survey tows were completed before midnight. Work in the Fladen continued over the next 5 days. Weather conditions and visibility were generally good and 67 UWTV tows were successfully completed. Sediment samples were obtained from all survey locations. Four fishing tows (duration ca. 90 mins) were conducted, at least one in each of the mapped sediment strata.
Chief scientistAnne McLay (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0907S cruise programme 0907s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.71 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 0907S cruise report 0907s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.26 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificFladen Ground, the Minches, Stanton Banks, the Firth of Clyde, Sound of Jura, the Noup and the Moray Firth.
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0907S cruise track — 0907strk.pdf (0.08 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of samples = 20
Description: water samples, to determine dinoflagellate presence
CrustaceansQuantity: number of hauls = 15
Description: nephrops
Other biological/fisheries measurementDescription: nephrops burrows >50% of UWTV recordings
Other biological/fisheries measurementDescription: nephrops sampled and morphometric measurements made
Geology and geophysics 
GrabQuantity: number of samples = 237
Description: sediment
Bottom photographyQuantity: number of surveys = 233
Description: UWTV survey tows