Due to hard weather, the departure of FRV Solea was postponed from the 23rd to the 25th of July 2011. On 25 July, the vessel left the port of Cuxhaven and started the scientific programme (normally 3 days working in each box) in Box N (German Bight) on the following day. In general, the scientific program comprised three days with seven hauls a day per box together with three CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth probe) measurements and six plankton samples per day.
The actual sequences of sampled boxes: Box N (German Bight; 3 days), Box K (Danish EEZ; 2 days), Box H (UK EEZ; 3 days), Box P (German EEZ; 3 days), and Box E (Dutch EEZ; 1.5 days). Box F (UK EEZ) was omitted due to hard weather. The program had to be ended on 7 August at noon due to bad weather and FRV Solea docked in Cuxhaven the following day.
Vanessa Stelzenmüller (Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg)