FFS Walther Herwig III 382

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FFS Walther Herwig III (06NI)
Cruise identifier382
Cruise period2015-01-22 — 2015-02-20
Port of departureBremerhaven, Germany
Port of returnBremerhaven, Germany
ObjectivesThe International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) is an internationally coordinated ICES programme. The survey aims to provide ICES assessment and science groups with consistent and standardised data for examining spatial and temporal changes in (a) the distribution and relative abundance of fish and fish assemblages and (b) the biological parameters of commercial fish species for stock assessment purposes.


To determine the distribution and relative abundance of pre-recruits of the main commercial species with a view of deriving recruitment indices
To monitor changes in the stocks of commercial fish species independently of commercial fisheries data
To monitor the distribution and relative abundance of all fish species and selected invertebrates
To collect data for the determination of biological parameters for selected species
To collect hydrographical and environmental information
To determine the abundance and distribution of late herring larvae
Chief scientistHolger Haslob (Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg)
ProjectICES International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS)
Coordinating bodyInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Cruise reportFFS Walther Herwig III 382 cruise report waltherherwigiii_382.pdf (0.25 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorthern North Sea