Cruise inventory

FRV Scotia 0707S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0707S
Cruise period2007-05-19 — 2007-05-26
StatusCompleted
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
PurposeTrials
ObjectivesObjectives

1. To test the BT137 standard survey trawl rigged with ground gear B for possible fish escapes under the bobbin sections of the ground gear using 3 colleting bags attached to the trawls fishing line. As a comparison a standard GOV trawl without collecting bags will be fished as a control.

2. To measure the load on the fishing line and headline with the adjuster chains set at 1.70, 1.95 and 2.2 metres.

Narrative

Scotia sailed from Aberdeen at 0600 Saturday the 19 of May and headed for the Montrose Bank, on arrival both trawls were deployed as a shake down exercise.

With winds gusting to 45kts and a decent swell getting up fishing operations were cancelled and Scotia made passage overnight to the more sheltered waters of the Moray Firth. Fishing commenced at 0700 20 May with 5 collection bag hauls and 1 load cell haul being completed, as the catches of target species were disappointing the decision was taken to head further north. Scotia made passage overnight to the west side of Shetland (Scalloway Deeps) where fishing recommenced at 0715 21 May.

Fishing continued for the next 4 days with a maximum of 7 hauls a day being completed prior to Scotia setting sail for Aberdeen at 1300 25 May and docking at 0630 26 May.
Chief scientistKevin J Peach (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
ProjectMFO354
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 0707S cruise report 0707s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.02 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificMontrose Bank, Moray Firth, west of Shetland (Scalloway Deeps)