To participate in the ICES coordinated Beam Trawl Survey, to obtain a fishery-independent estimate of the intensity of the most common age-groups of plaice and sole in the North Sea (Stock assessment) and information on the distribution of demersal fish and macrozoobenthos in the North Sea.
Survey aims to estimate the recruitment of a number of commercial fish species, such as plaice, sole, cod, dab, turbot, brill, lemon sole. Also benthos will be collected to study biodiversity. Hydrographical data are also collected during the survey using Seabird CTD downcasts.
Ingeborg J de Boois (Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies, IJmuiden)