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RV Cefas Endeavour 04/10

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)
Cruise identifier04/10
Cruise period2010-02-17 — 2010-03-02
Port of departureBelfast, United Kingdom
Port of returnBelfast, United Kingdom

To examine Irish Sea cod at known spawning grounds in February and early March, coinciding with the spawning season.
To study their size, age composition and biological characteristics, including maturity, fecundity, condition and diet.
Also, to study potential predators of cod eggs (herring, sprat) and to tag and release medium to larger elasmobranchii.


The RV departed from Belfast on 17 Feb at 10:00, then surveyed the Western Irish Sea for 12 days, focusing on the area west of the Isle of Man and towards an area east of the Republic of Ireland (south of Dublin). Weather was calm, except from 22 to 24 Feb, when a moderate gale was experienced. 107 Stations were fished with the Portuguese high-headline trawl and all fish species were recorded, measured, and subsamples weighed, dissected, stomach-sampled, etc. The survey was completed on 2 March, when the RV docked at Belfast at 09:00.
Chief scientistGeorg H Engelhard (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyDefra
Cruise reportRV Cefas Endeavour 04/10 cruise report endeavour04_10.pdf — access key 'C' (0.34 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
SpecificNorthern Irish Sea and North Channel
Track chartsRV Cefas Endeavour 04/10 cruise track — endeavour04_10trk.pdf (0.01 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
Demersal fishQuantity: number of stations = 107
TaggingsQuantity: number of stations = 20