Samantha Jane 0209H
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||Samantha Jane (74JN)|
|Cruise period||2009-02-10 — 2009-02-18|
|Port of departure||Stromness, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Stromness, United Kingdom|
1. To increase the knowledge of the offshore and inshore crab stocks to the North of Scotland.
2. To tag Brown Crab, of a range of sizes, from inshore waters to the north of Scotland for investigations of their movements. Tagging will involve using both high visibility double t-bar tags that are retained on moulting and 'cable-tie' type tags, which will be attached to the claws of some of the animals.
3. To biologically sample all tagged crabs for carapace width, shell condition, sex and reproductive state (of females) and record date, time and latitude, longitude, and depth of the return location.
All gear and scientific equipment was loaded onto the vessel in Stromness on the morning of Wednesday 11 February. Recent bad weather had left a medium swell but the weather was still workable, the vessel departed and made passage to inshore fishing grounds to the west of Hoy, where it already has gear deployed. The vessel hauled 6 strings each with 60-80 creels per string depending on condition of the string hauled. We spent 20mins creeping for the second string as the buoy had been cut from the string. The vessel returned to Stromness mid afternoon due to the strong tides produced by the full moon. All gear and scientific equipment was unloaded in Stromness on arrival for transfer to the Merlin II K69 the following day.
|Chief scientist||Gareth Jones (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
|Cruise programme||(0.02 MB)|
|Cruise report||(0.10 MB)|
|General||North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)|
|Specific||West of Orkney, North/West of Hoy, North/West of Westray|
|Track charts||(0.09 MB)|