FRV Scotia 1715S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1715S
Cruise period2015-11-18 — 2015-12-08
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To participate in the ICES co-ordinated western division demersal trawling survey.
2. To obtain temperature and salinity data profiles at each trawling position.
3. To collect additional biological data in connection with the EU data collection framework (DCF)


The majority of the trawl gear for 1715S will be loaded at the start of the preceding survey, but some offloading/loading will occur during the landing day of 1615S. Loading of all other scientific equipment will take place on 16 November with all equipment being set up and tested on that day. Scotia will sail on 18 November and (after all safety drills and shakedown trawl shoot) commence fishing operations the following morning on the stations to the west of Orkney. Weather conditions at the time will determine the exact start area. Survey schedule and operations will be decided by SIC after daily consultation with Fishing Master and Captain. A half landing with be made around 1 December into Greenock to exchange staff, but the date and port are to be confirmed once the vessel has commenced the survey. The survey will end in Aberdeen on 8 December with all staff, equipment and fishing gear returning to the Marine Laboratory.

Trawling. One trawl haul of thirty minutes duration will be made at each position. Final trawl locations will be decided after SIC consultations with Fishing Master and Captain. For each haul, the Scanmar monitoring system and NOAA bottom contact sensor will be used to observe and record the performance and geometry of the trawl and trawl doors.

Fish Sampling. All fish will be treated according to current standard research vessel procedures and additional biological data will be collected as determined by EU data regulation 1639/2001 and 1581/2004.

Hydrography Sampling. CTD casts will be taken at each trawl station. The thermosalinograph will be run continuously to obtain sea surface temperature and salinity throughout the survey area.
Chief scientistMatt Kinghorn (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Robert J Kynoch (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 1715S cruise programme 1715s.pdf  (0.14 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificWest of Scotland and Ireland
Track chartsFRV Scotia 1715S cruise track — 1715strk.pdf (0.12 MB) 
Data held at BODC Get data
Discrete samples 
40  CTD frame plus rosette sampler