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RV Lough Foyle LF 4504

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Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Lough Foyle (74LG)
Cruise identifierLF 4504
Cruise period2004-10-30 — 2004-11-03
Port of departureBelfast, United Kingdom
Port of returnBelfast, United Kingdom

1. To estimate the production of larvae herring in the Irish Sea in 2004 as part of the time series of biomass indices used by ICES for the assessment of herring in VIIa (N).
2. To collect and fix larvae for otolith extraction and growth analysis.


The vessel sailed at 10:00 on 31 October, and upon leaving the mouth of Belfast Lough it soon became apparent that deployment of the sampler would be unsafe due to the sea state and gale force winds. The first station was sampled in marginal conditions, with each subsequent deployment carried out on the judgement of the watch leader and bridge officer. All 63 proposed stations were completed over the next three days and the vessel returned to Belfast on the morning of the 3rd November.
Chief scientistMichael McAliskey (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland)
Cruise reportRV Lough Foyle LF 4504 cruise report lf45_04.pdf — access key 'C' (0.07 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
SpecificNorthern Irish Sea