FRV Scotia 0314S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0314S
Cruise period2014-02-17 — 2014-03-10
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)



Loading of trawl gear will take place at the end of the previous survey. Loading of all other scientific equipment will take place on 14 February, with all equipment being set up and tested on that day. Scotia will then sail on 17 February and (after all safety drills and trial trawl shoot) commence operations the following morning on the stations to the west of Orkney. Weather conditions at the time will determine the exact start area. Survey schedule and operations will be decided by SIC after consultation with Fishing Master and Captain; these meeting will take place as needed and at times convenient to all parties.


One trawl haul of thirty minutes duration will be made at each location. 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.
Chief scientistCraig G Davis (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0314S cruise programme 0314s.pdf  (0.09 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificEast coast of UK and Ireland
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0314S cruise track — 0314strk.pdf (0.07 MB)