FRV Scotia 1613S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1613S
Cruise period2013-11-15 — 2013-12-06
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To participate in the ICES co-ordinated western division demersal trawling survey.
2. To obtain temperature and salinity data profiles at each trawling position.
3. To collect additional biological data in connection with the EU data collection framework (DCF)
4. To conduct filming for BBC Coast on 18 November in North Minch.


Loading of trawl gear, TV and grabbing gear will take place at the end of the previous survey. Loading of all other scientific equipment will take place on 14 November with all equipment being set up and tested on that day. Scotia will then sail on 15 November and (after all safety drills & trial trawl shoot) commence operations the following morning on the stations to the west of the Orkneys. Weather conditions at the time will determine the exact start area. Survey schedule and operations will be decided by SIC after daily consultation with Fishing Master and Captain.


One trawl haul of thirty minutes duration will be made at each position. Final trawl locations will be decided after SIC consultations with Fishing Master and Captain. For each haul, the Scanmar monitoring system and NOAA bottom contact sensor will be used to observe and record the performance and geometry of the trawl and trawl doors.

Fish Sampling

All fish will be treated according to current standard research vessel procedures and additional biological data will be collected as determined by EU data regulation 1639/2001 and 1581/2004.

Hydrography Sampling

CTD casts will be taken at each trawl station. The thermosalinograph will be run continuously to obtain sea surface temperature and salinity throughout the survey area.

Normal contacts will be maintained with MSS.
Chief scientistCraig G Davis (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 1613S cruise programme 1613s.pdf  (0.08 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificWest coast of UK and Ireland