FRV Scotia 0215S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0215S
Cruise period2015-01-23 — 2015-02-13
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV.
2. To undertake MIK sampling for pre-metamorphosed herring larvae during the hours of darkness within the trawl survey area. For selected stations, additional MIKeyM samples will also be collected from the MIK deployments.
3. To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station using a SEABIRD 19+ CTD.
4. Collect additional biological data in connection with the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF).


Hauls of 30 minutes duration will be made using the GOV trawl. Wherever possible, fishing will be carried out during daylight hours. The exact fishing position will be decided in collaboration with the fishing master. The Scanmar system will be used throughout the survey to monitor headline height, wing spread, door spread and distance covered during each haul. A bottom contact sensor (BCS) will be attached to the ground-gear and the data collected will be downloaded after each haul. Catches will be processed according to standing sampling protocols with additional biological data collected for species as determined.

Pre-metamorphosis herring larvae will be sampled during the hours of darkness with the MIK mid-water trawl (Round frame). Two double oblique tows will be made in every square within the assigned survey area. The vertical profile of the tow will be monitored using the Scanmar system. During this survey, the small round frame net (MIKeyM net) will also be deployed on selected MIK stations for collecting pelagic fish eggs from the survey area. See figure 2 for locations where the MIKeyM net will be deployed and for proposed locations for Scotia.

Surface and bottom temperatures, salinities, nitrates, silicates and phosphates will be taken at all trawl stations. The ships thermosalinograph will be run continuously throughout the survey. Bird and cetacean observations will be undertaken by JNCC staff whilst the vessel is steaming between trawl stations (weather permitting). Information gathered by the participating vessels will be exchanged during the survey.
Chief scientistFinlay Burns (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Robert J Kynoch (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0215S cruise programme 0215s.pdf  (20.16 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorthern North Sea
Data held at BODC Get data
Discrete samples 
49  CTD frame plus rosette sampler