FRV Alba Na Mara 0315A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0315A
Cruise period2015-03-10 — 2015-03-24
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

To investigate whether lights attached to the mouth of the trawl can influence fish behaviour.


Equipment will be loaded at Fraserburgh on 6 March 2015, and the trawl will be rigged onto the net drum. Scientific staff will join Alba na Mara vessel around 1730 on 10 March, and then Alba will leave Fraserburgh around 1800 and steam up to the Orkney Islands. Alba will operate during the night between the hours of 1800 and 0600 for most of the survey. Weather permitting; Alba will operate to the fishing grounds east of Copinsay Island. A number of short hauls will be carried out to ensure the separator panel in the trawl is rigged correctly through observations with video cameras mounted on the trawl. These rigging trials will probably take a whole night to complete. Fish behaviour trials will continue for the rest of the survey. Alba na Mara will return to Fraserburgh by 0600 on 23 March to allow 24 hours to change back to daytime working hours. Scientific personnel and equipment will be unloaded on 24 March.
Chief scientistKeith Summerbell (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0315A cruise programme 0315a.pdf  (0.11 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 0315A cruise track — 0315atrk.pdf (0.11 MB)