FRV Scotia 1615S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1615S
Cruise period2015-11-04 — 2015-11-15
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To compare the catchability of a GOV trawl rigged with a new light rockhopper ground gear (E Rig) against the same net rigged with the bobbin ground gear rig (B Rig) use during IBTS North Sea surveys. Catchability will be assessed using the ground gear 'bagged' technique.
2. To obtain under water TV footage of ground gear contact, adjuster chain assembly and mid-bridle orientation.
3. To carry out instrumented gear measurements using self-contained load-cells and Scanmar to assess bridle loads and net drag.


Loading of all trawl gear will take place on 2 November. Loading of all other scientific equipment will take place on 2 and 3 November with all equipment being set up and tested by the evening prior to sailing. Scotia will sail on 4 November and (after all safety drills and a shakedown trawl shoot), thereafter, commence fishing operations on suitable GOV tows East of Aberdeen, Moray Firth or East of the Orkney Islands. Weather conditions at the time will determine the exact start area. Trawling operations will be conducted from 07:00 hours until 21:00 hours and the survey schedule and operations will be decided by SIC after daily consultation with Fishing Master and Captain.
Chief scientistRobert J Kynoch (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 1615S cruise programme 1615s.pdf  (0.02 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea