1. To undertake flatfish sampling in the Solway Firth in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme, including integrated assessment studies.
2. To undertake sediment sampling in the Solway Firth and Firth of Clyde in support of the temporal trend and integrated assessment of contaminants monitoring studies.
3. To undertake flatfish sampling in the Firth of Clyde in support of contaminant temporal trend monitoring programme.
4. To collect samples in support of investigations into whether Amoebic Gill Disease (AGD) is present in Scottish flatfish.
Scientific gear will be loaded on to the Sir John Murray in Troon on 1 November. Scientific staff will join the vessel on 5 November.
Flatfish (plaice and dab) will be collected from the Solway CSEMP fishing site and tissues sampled for chemical and ecotoxicological analyses; gill samples will be collected for the AGD study. One sediment sample for benthic invertebrates and one for sediment chemistry will be collected from each of the five Solway and five outer Clyde CSEMP sites. In the Clyde, sediment samples will be collected for contaminant analysis from the temporal trend monitoring sites and, depending upon available time, plaice will be collected from Hunterston and/or Irvine Bay temporal trend sites and tissues sampled for chemical analyses, and for the AGD study.
On completion of the survey, passage will be made to Troon from where all scientific gear and samples will be transferred to the ML Aberdeen.
Craig D Robinson (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)