Cruise inventory

FRV Scotia 0308S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0308S
Cruise period2008-03-01 — 2008-03-21
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. Demersal trawling survey of the grounds off the north and west coast of Scotland.

2. Collect abundance data on pre - metamorphosed herring larvae using the 2-meter circular framed methot net.

3. To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station.

4. Identify, quantify and record all benthic species caught.

5. Collect additional biological data in connection with the EU Data Directive 1639/2001 and 1581/2004.


Scotia sailed from Aberdeen at 1000 on 1 March. A familiarisation haul was completed successfully on a clear tow just north of Aberdeen with the fishing gear and sensors performing well.

Scotia then made passage to the first trawl station at position 58o 50N 03o 40W. Despite westerly gales, Scotia made good speed and arrived on station at 0930 on Sunday 2 March. A further two stations were completed on the Sunday with the gear working well. In addition, 3 methot stations were completed in the area until deteriorating weather curtailed operations. Scotia then proceeded to the next fishing station in time for daybreak. Four fishing stations were successfully completed on the 3 March in the north of the survey area, 40 - 50nm north of Cape Wrath with five methot samples also being completed overnight in the same area. Good progress continued to be made on the 4 March until late in the afternoon when Scotia, heading south en route to the fourth station was forced to alter course in order to put ashore one of the deck crew whose health had started to deteriorate very rapidly. The crewmember was transferred onto the Stornoway lifeboat at around 2000 near the entrance to Stornoway Harbour. From here, he was taken to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway. With the wind freshening Scotia headed back west around the Butt of Lewis to continue the survey. Due to the deteriorating weather, only two of the four methots planned were completed. Fishin
Chief scientistFinlay Burns (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0308S cruise programme 0308s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.05 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 0308S cruise report 0308s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.24 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificOff the north and west coast of Scotland
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0308S cruise track — 0308strk.pdf (0.64 MB)