FRV Scotia 0714S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0714S
Cruise period2014-06-03 — 2014-06-25
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To obtain estimates of the abundance and distribution of Nephrops burrow complexes at Fladen, in the North Minch, the South Minch, the Firth of Clyde, in the Sound of Jura and at Devil's Hole. If time and weather permits, stations at the Noup may also be surveyed.
2. To use the TV footage to record the occurrence of other benthic fauna as well as evidence of commercial trawl activity.
3. To collect sediment samples at each station.
4. To carry out trawling for Nephrops, based on one haul in each sediment stratum in each of the main survey areas, to obtain samples of Nephrops for size composition analysis.
5. To collect samples of Nephrops for comparison of reproductive condition and morphometrics in each of the different survey areas' functional units).
6. To collect Nephrops biological samples for DNA analysis from the west coast on behalf of IMR Norway.
7. To carry out proof of concept activities on Nephrops grounds in the Clyde using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) provided, and managed, by Heriot-Watt University.
8. To record and retain marine litter obtained from trawling activities in as part of the MSFD.
Chief scientistAdrian Weetman (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0714S cruise programme 0714s.pdf  (0.14 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificScottish coast
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0714S cruise track — 0714strk.pdf (0.12 MB) 
Data held at BODC 
Discrete samples 
14  Sample taken from ship's non-toxic supply