FRV Scotia 0815S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0815S
Cruise period2015-06-25 — 2015-07-14
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To conduct an acoustic survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of herring in the north western North Sea and north of Scotland between 58°30'-62°N and from 4°W to 2°E.
2. To obtain biological samples for echosounder trace identification using a pelagic trawl.
3. To test feasibility of using GoPro cameras mounted in the net and on a dropframe to further aid in species identification in the echogram scrutiny process.
4. To obtain samples of herring for biological analysis, including age, length, weight, sex, maturity and ichthyophonus infection.
5. To obtain hydrographic data for comparison with the horizontal and vertical distribution of herring.
6. To obtain acoustic recordings of cetaceans during the survey using a towed hydrophone system.
Chief scientistSusan M Lusseau (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0815S cruise programme 0815s.pdf  (0.09 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificOrkney and Shetland
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0815S cruise track — 0815strk.pdf (0.10 MB) 
Data held at BODC Get data
Discrete samples 
32  CTD frame plus rosette sampler