Cruise inventory

MFV Enterprise 2307H

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)MFV Enterprise (74IC)
Cruise identifier2307H
Cruise period2008-03-11 — 2008-03-19
Port of departureKinlochbervie, United Kingdom
Port of returnKinlochbervie, United Kingdom

1. To undertake a discreet trawling survey of Cod inside and around the West of Scotland closure "Windsock".

2. To undertake catch data for other key species:

- Haddock
- Whiting
- Saithe
- Anglerfish
- Megrim
- Lemon Sole (time permitting)
- Plaice (time permitting)


Marine Laboratory Staff arrived in Kinlochbervie on the evening of Monday 10 March and loaded the Enterprise at 0900 on the morning of the 11 March. Sailing was delayed until 1800 as a visual reconnaissance of the first trawl location was to be carried out in daylight the following morning. This was due to the reported presence of static gear in the area, however this proved not to be required as the crab vessel in question was contacted on the evening of the 11 March and exact locations for his gear was provided. It should be noted that two other crab vessels were working within the closure and the location of their static gear would impact on the locations targeted during the cruise. This information was made available to the Skipper of Enterprise and Marine Lab Staff for the duration of the cruise.

The weather and sea state on Wednesday 12 Mach deteriorated as the day progress and fishing was abandoned after two successful trawls had been conducted within the western side of the closure, commencing at 0500 the following day. The second haul of the day was declared invalid due to problems on shooting causing the vessel to stray inside the closure during the trawl, the intention being to take the sample from outside the closure. The survey proceeded unhindered for the remainder of the survey managing to complete the program and recover the trawls lost earlier in the cruise.

The Enterprise docked in Kinlochbervie at 0230 19 March, with staff returning to the Marine Lab at 0830 the same day.

It was decided to conduct historical trawls from diary information from within the closure and close outside on locations similar in substrate and depth. As the "windsock" closure is such a large area a general plan was laid out based on sub areas of hard and soft ground. It should be noted that large areas were not covered due to static gear concentrations and time constraints. The trawl locations from out with the closure were to form a real time comparison with the samples from within the closure and with this in mind were made as similar as practicable.
Chief scientistIain M Penny (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise programmeMFV Enterprise 2307H cruise programme 2307h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.05 MB) 
Cruise reportMFV Enterprise 2307H cruise report 2307h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.14 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorth Atlantic, off the north coast of Scotland
Track chartsMFV Enterprise 2307H cruise track — 2307htrk.pdf (0.10 MB)