FRV Alba Na Mara 0514A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0514A
Cruise period2014-04-04 — 2014-04-23
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnUllapool, United Kingdom

1. To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the West Coast.
2. To assess shell damage on all scallops caught.
3. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species.
4. To identify and quantify numbers of starfish species in all dredge tows.
5. To collect data on scallop ring measurements.
6. To collect scallop meat weight biological data.
7. To collect flesh samples for toxin analysis back at the laboratory.


Scallop dredge hauls will be made at sites used on previous surveys and other known commercial grounds. Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration. From each haul all of the scallops will be measured to the half centimeter below and aged. Numbers and size distribution of commercial fish and shellfish species will be recorded along with scallop shell damage and starfish numbers and species. From selected sites, scallop ring measurements shall be taken along with scallop meat weight information. In addition to this tissue samples will be collected from selected sites and frozen for toxin analysis back at the laboratory.
Chief scientistPeter Gibson (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0514A cruise programme 0514a.pdf  (1.30 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland