FRV Scotia 0115S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0115S
Cruise period2015-01-05 — 2015-01-20
Port of departureLeith, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP).
2. To collect water samples for nutrient studies as part of the Scottish Coastal Eutrophication Assessment Survey (SCEAS).
3. Undertake CSEMP sediment sampling in the Firth of Forth for SEPA.
4. Monitor and record all litter brought aboard in all trawls. Sample water column and sediment for micro-plastic litter.
5. Collect seawater samples off Mingulay for Ocean Acidification ROAME
6. Collect and process samples for Candyfloss program


Surface water will be collected for hydrographic nutrient studies (SCEAS) throughout the survey at fixed time intervals. Nutrient samples will be stored and returned to the laboratory for analyses. Water samples will be taken off Mingulay in support of the Ocean Acidification ROAME. Water samples will be collected for the Candyfloss programme once par day and processed onboard.

It is proposed to carry out fish sampling in the Rockall and Bailey areas. Alternative areas are included in the programme if weather precludes sampling.

Fish sampling will be carried out at the Montrose Bank and North Minch NMMP sites. Fishing will also be carried out in the region of the Western Shelf edge and Rockall plateau. If weather conditions preclude sampling in these last 2 areas it is proposed to sample in the Forties area of the North Sea. If time allows the Faroes-Shetland Channel could also be sampled.

Sediment sampling will be carried out at the East coast, Inner and Outer Moray Firth, the Minch North, the Minch South and the Sea of Hebrides. Sediment sampling will also be carried out at the four CSEMP fixed sites (NMMP85 - North Minch, NMMP95 - Inner Moray Firth, NMMP105 - Outer Moray Firth, NMMP165 - Montrose Bank). A limited investigation of potential sediment sampling areas will be carried out in the Rockall and Bailey sea areas (weather permitting). Sediment sampling will be carried out in the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Forties and east of Shetland if these areas are visited.

Sediments will be sampled for chemical analyses at all locations. Sediment will be sieved for macrobenthos analysis (1 mm sieve) in the North and South Minches and Sea of Hebrides only (samples for SEPA). Fish will be sampled for biological effects measurements and chemical analyses. Some biological effects measurements will be carried out during the survey.

Additional sediment sampling will be carried out at 5 sites in the Firth of Forth, in support of CSEMP sampling for SEPA.

Monitoring of all litter brought on board during trawling operations will continue throughout the survey. The catamaran will be deployed to sample for micro-plastics whenever possible and samples processed onboard as far as possible. Additional sediment samples will also be taken for micro-plastics where possible.

Sediment will be collected to provide a chemistry laboratory reference material. Where possible if sufficient suitable fish not required for other studies are obtained during trawling, livers will be sampled for reference material.
Chief scientistMarie Russell (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0115S cruise programme 0115s.pdf  (0.07 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificFirth of Forth, Montrose Bank, Mingulay, Rockall, Rosemary Bank, Moray Firth, the Minch, Sea of Hebrides.
Data held at BODC 
Discrete samples 
14  Sample taken from ship's non-toxic supply