FFS Walther Herwig III 380

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FFS Walther Herwig III (06NI)
Cruise identifier380
Cruise period2014-12-01 — 2014-12-18
Port of departureBremerhaven, Germany
Port of returnBremerhaven, Germany
ObjectivesAs part of the fish health monitoring programme of the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology (FI), studies were carried out in five Baltic Sea and three North Sea areas. In addition to the onboard examination of dab (Limanda limanda), flounder (Platichthys flesus) and cod (Gadus morhua) for externally visible diseases and parasites, a large range of fish samples were taken for a subsequent analysis of contaminants (including radioactive substances) and their biological effects. As part of the NATO-funded MODUM project (2013-2016), extensive studies were carried out on the health status of cod in dumping areas for chemical munitions and reference areas. Hydrographical measurements were carried out (water temperature, salinity, oxygen content, turbidity). The planned use of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV IVER2) and visual observations on drifting marine litter in the North Sea had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Chief scientistThomas Lang (Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg)
Cruise reportFFS Walther Herwig III 380 cruise report waltherherwigiii_380.pdf (0.43 MB) 
NPRCFFS Walther Herwig III 380 NPRC waltherherwigiii_380.pdf (1.21 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralBaltic Sea
North Sea
Track chartsFFS Walther Herwig III 380 cruise track — waltherherwigiii_380trk.pdf (0.15 MB)