FRV Scotia 0214S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0214S
Cruise period2014-01-24 — 2014-02-14
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV.
2. To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station using a SEABIRD 19+ CTD.
3. Collect additional biological data in connection with the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF).


Hauls of 30 minutes duration will be made using the GOV trawl. Wherever possible, fishing will be carried out during daylight hours. Exact fishing position will be decided in collaboration with the fishing master. The Scanmar system will be used throughout the survey to monitor headline height, wing spread, door spread and distance covered during each haul. A bottom contact sensor (BCS) will be attached to the ground-gear and the data collected will be downloaded after each haul. Catches will be processed according to standing sampling protocols with additional biological data collected for species as determined.

Pre-metamorphosis herring larvae will be sampled during the hours of darkness with the Methot mid-water trawl (Round frame). Two double oblique tows will be made in every square within the assigned survey area. The vertical profile of the tow will be monitored using the Scanmar system.

Surface and bottom temperatures, salinities, nitrates, silicates and phosphates will be taken at all trawl stations. The ships thermosalinograph will be run continuously throughout the survey.

Bird and cetacean observations will be undertaken by JNCC staff whilst the vessel is steaming between trawl stations (weather permitting).
Chief scientistFinlay Burns (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0214S cruise programme 0214s.pdf  (0.04 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea