Cruise inventory

FRV Alba Na Mara 1109A

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1109A
Cruise period2009-07-01 — 2009-07-20
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To carry out a survey of scallop stocks in the North Sea.
2. To collect information on by-catches of other commercial fish and shellfish species.
3. To collect biological data on scallop ring measurements.


The scientific staff joined FRV Alba na Mara at 10:00 hours on 1 July and sailed from Fraserburgh just before 12:00 heading for the east coast grounds. The first station was to the east of Fraserburgh. A period of calm weather allowed Alba na Mara lie offshore for the following three nights, eventually dropping anchor at Elie on 4 July. Sampling recommenced the following day and continued until the weather deteriorated on the afternoon of 7 July and Alba na Mara was obliged to make for Fraserburgh. Bad weather prevent work for the next three days so the half landing, and the changeover of SIC, took place on10 July as scheduled. On 11 July, Alba na Mara headed westwards, again following the numbered sequence of stations shown in Figure 1. Sampling continued without hindrance until 17 July when deteriorating weather again forced Alba na Mara to make for Fraserburgh. Sampling recommenced to the north east on 19 July, the last day of the cruise. Scientific staff remained aboard until the following day to supervise unloading and to attend the debrief meeting.
Chief scientistSharon Davis (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Trevor R W Howell (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1109A cruise programme 1109a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.06 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Alba Na Mara 1109A cruise report 1109a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.08 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorth Sea
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 1109A cruise track — 1109atrk.pdf (0.05 MB)