Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||Marigold (74M4)|
|Cruise period||2008-10-31 — 2008-11-09|
|Port of departure||Fraserburgh, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Fraserburgh, United Kingdom|
1. To undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of anglerfish in the North Sea (Eastern survey area).
2. To obtain temperature data at each trawling station.
3. To obtain net parameter and bottom contact data for each trawling station.
Marigold departed from Fraserburgh at 1800 on Wednesday 31 October, approximately 6 hours behind schedule due to rigging. Marigold commenced fishing the following day at approximately 1400. The location of the first haul was more than 5 nm from the stated position but it was sampled and deemed valid. Marigold made good progress until the early hours of 3 November when wind speeds increased, reducing inter-station time. The weather remained changeable over the next three days but did not hinder the vessels progress too much, with the original time deficit recovered.
The Marigold proceeded to repeat the first survey location when a strong West North Westerly gale developing during the evening of 6 November. This weather was to continue for 24 hours: it moderated only briefly before a reported North Westerly force 11/12 was due. After consultation with the other vessels involved in the survey the decision was made late on 7 of November not to precede to the last station, abandon the survey and make directly for Fraserburgh where Marigold docked at 0900 on 8 November.
Laboratory transport arrived at 1100 on 8 November and off loaded the equipment and staff. Laboratory staff arrived back at the Marine Laboratory at 1430. The fishing gear was removed from the vessel on 9 November by Jackson Trawls.
In the Eastern survey area the Marigold completed 29 hauls, all of which were valid. 237 individual monkfish were sampled giving a total live weight of 556 kg. 282 Megrim were sampled for a live weight of 146 kg.
|Chief scientist||Iain M Penny (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
|Cruise report||(0.08 MB)|
|Specific||Northeast North Sea, East of Shetland.|
|Track charts||(00 MB)|