RV Belgica 2009-22B

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Belgica (11BE)
Cruise identifier2009-22B
Cruise period2009-08-31 — 2009-09-04
Port of departureChatham Docks, United Kingdom
Port of returnZeebrugge, Belgium
Objectivesa) Indices of abundance and biomass of adult flatfishes (mainly plaice and sole) will be calculated by means of stratified tows in the southern and central North Sea. The results will be incorporated in the DATRAS-database of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and will be used in analytical population studies of these species/stocks. Additionally, several other investigations are planned, such as
(a) the construction of "age-length-keys" for a number of commercially important flatfish species and cod
(b) documenting distribution and abundance of all commercial and non-commercial bycatch species
(c) collecting an array of organisms that will be used as training material for biology students at several Belgian universities
(d) documenting the amount and types of litter at sea.
b) Research concerning authenticity, geografic labelling and stock discrimination using "finclips" (tissue samples from tail or dorsal fins) and "otoliths" (microchemistry) for sole, turbot, brill and sea trout (caught in the above mentioned tows).
Chief scientistKelle Moreau (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Ostend)
Cruise reportRV Belgica 2009-22B cruise report belgica_2009-22.pdf (0.44 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificSouthern North Sea (Belgian, French and UK continental shelves)
Track chartsRV Belgica 2009-22B cruise track — belgica_2009-22trk.pdf (0.02 MB)