FRV Alba Na Mara 1715A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1715A
Cruise period2015-11-10 — 2015-11-23
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnLeith, United Kingdom

To retrieve a series of moorings comprising dhan buoys (eight surface marked moorings) or acoustic release systems (22 subsurface moorings) and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (30 C-POD and ten SM2M/SM3M) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme.


Loading of all equipment will be carried out on 6 November when the previous survey (1615A) returns to Fraserburgh. Alba na Mara will sail from Fraserburgh on the morning of 10 November and make for the first mooring position. The ultimate order in which the moorings are retrieved will be dictated by the weather forecast and the likely shelter that can be provided by the east coast.

Acoustically triggered moorings that may have malfunctioned, but can be located by echosounder, will be grappled for using the creeping hook attached to the trawl warp. It may be necessary for Alba na Mara to make a partial unloading of retrieved moorings to ensure enough available space on the vessel. If this is the case the vessel will visit the most suitable port depending on her location. Alba na Mara will dock in Leith for unloading on 23 November and to exchange scientific staff and equipment.
Chief scientistRobert Watret (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1715A cruise programme 1715a.pdf  (0.27 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificEast of Scotland
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 1715A cruise track — 1715atrk.pdf (0.37 MB) 
Data held at BODC Get data
Discrete samples 
1  Instrument mooring