Cruise inventory

Sunbeam 0411H

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)Sunbeam (74U2)
Cruise identifier0411H
Cruise period2011-07-04 — 2011-07-27
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To conduct an acoustic survey to enhance the precision of the survey carried out by FRV Scotia to provide an estimate of the abundance and distribution of herring in the northern North Sea (ICES area VI and VIa (N)) as part of the ICES International North Sea Herring Acoustic Survey.
2. To obtain samples of herring for biological analysis, including age, length, weight, sex, maturity and ichthyophonus infection.


All gear will be transported to Fraserburgh by lorry on 1 July and gear will be loaded onto the vessel. Installation and testing will take place on 1 July. Scientific staff will travel by mini-bus to Fraserburgh to join the vessel on 4 July and the vessel will depart in the morning of Tuesday 5 July.

FRV Scotia, which has previously only covered area IV, will be including the area Via(N) north of the Butt of Lewis The survey will be carried out within an area bounded by 58° 30'N to 62°N and 08°W to 2°E. Echointegration will be carried out at 38, 120 and 200 kHz on a 24-hour a day basis. Data from the times between 2300 and 0300 will not be used for stock assessment. Trawling operations will be carried out when the skipper has identified commercially viable marks. Samples of all species caught will be measured for length and weight to establish a length weight relationship. Otoliths will be collected from a sub-sample of the herring to determine age. The maturity state and presence of Icthyophonus infection will also be recorded.

The survey will involve following a pre-set survey pattern, at a steaming speed of approximately 7 to 10 knots depending on the position of Scotia relative to the charter vessel. A port call will take place at an approximate half way stage in Lerwick to provide a rest day in accordance with working time directive for a trip of this length

All gear will be unloaded in Fraserburgh on 27 July for return to the laboratory by lorry. Staff will return on the same day by minibus.

Normal contact will be maintained with the Marine Laboratory and the appropriate Fisheries Officers.
Chief scientistEric Armstrong (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeSunbeam 0411H cruise programme 0411h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.06 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorthern North Sea (ICES area VI and VIa (N))
Track chartsSunbeam 0411H cruise track — 0411htrk.pdf (0.05 MB)