FFS Walther Herwig III 356

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FFS Walther Herwig III (06NI)
Cruise identifier356
Cruise period2012-07-19 — 2012-08-16
Port of departureBremerhaven, Germany
Port of returnBremerhaven, Germany
ObjectivesThis cruise covered fisheries research representing the German contribution to the International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) in quarter III, as well as one component of the two-ship operation in the German Small-scale Bottom Trawl Survey (GSBTS). Both surveys use the same principle fishing methods but at different spatial scales, applying a GOV bottom trawl, accompanied by hydrographic measurements, investigations of benthic epifauna and sediments.

A total of 144 stations were sampled in the wider German Bight, and in the central and northern North Sea. Besides the regular survey tasks, sampling was performed for stomach analyses of demersal fish species for the EU projects VECTORS and MYFISH (collaboration with Hamburg University). Benthos samples for stable isotope analyses were collected for the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology.
Chief scientistAnne Sell (Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg)
ProjectInternational Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS)
Coordinating bodyInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Cruise reportFFS Walther Herwig III 356 cruise report waltherherwigiii_356.pdf (0.30 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificGerman Bight, central and northern North Sea