Cruise inventory

FRV Explorer 6/76

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Explorer (74EX)
Cruise identifier6/76
Cruise period1976-07-10 — 1976-07-29
StatusCompleted
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
Objectives1) To carry out the Faroe pre-recruit demersal fish and environmental survey
2) To work the Fair Isle-Munken hydrographic line on both the outward and the return from the Faroe plateau
3) To work the JONIS line at the end of the cruise
4) Large samples from the catches were deep frozen, and shellfish samples were frozen for sex and maturity studies. Samples were also taken for heavy metal analysis

A call was made at Torshavn from the 18/07/1976 till the 20/07/1976. ''Explorer'' returned to Torshavn for repairs on the 22/07/1976 till the 23/07/1976.
Chief scientistSidney D E Devlin (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Explorer 6/76 cruise report explorer6_76.pdf — access key 'C' (1.34 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificFaroe Bank, Faroe Plateau, Munken-Fair Isle area
Track chartsFRV Explorer 6/76 cruise track — explorer6_76track.pdf (1.17 MB) 
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 32
Chemical oceanography 
PhosphateQuantity: 32
NitrateQuantity: 10
SilicateQuantity: 32
Biology and fisheries 
Primary productivityQuantity: 10
Phytoplankton pigs (eg chlorophyll, fluorescence)Quantity: 10
PhytoplanktonQuantity: 10
ZooplanktonQuantity: 10
PhytobenthosQuantity: 10
ZoobenthosQuantity: 10
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 43
Description: A 48' Aberdeen trawl and a small mesh cover was used. Haddock, saithe, cod, blue whiting, Norway pout, Silver Smelt and shellfish
Exploratory fishingQuantity: number of hauls = 43
Description: A 48' Aberdeen trawl and a small mesh cover was used. Haddock, saithe, cod, blue whiting, Norway pout, Silver Smelt and shellfish
Other biological/fisheries measurementQuantity: number of samples = 69
Description: blood serum taken from halibut, plaice, lemon sole, common dab, and long rough dab. The individuals were sexed, maturity staged and otoliths or scales taken