RV Cefas Endeavour 20/16

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)
Cruise identifier20/16
Cruise period2016-09-10 — 2016-09-30
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnPortland Harbour, United Kingdom

1. To carry out a 4m beam-trawl survey of groundfish to i) obtain fisheries independent data on the distribution and abundance of commercial flatfish species, and ii) derive age compositions of sole, plaice, cod and whiting for use in stock assessments.
2. To collect biological data including maturity and weight at age of sole, plaice, lemon sole and other commercially important finfish species as part of CEFAS' requirements under the EU Data Collection Framework.
3. To determine the distribution and relative abundance of juvenile and adult sole and plaice.
4. To collect surface & bottom temperature/salinity data using CTD and Niskin Bottle.
5. To quantify epibenthos using 4m beam trawl by-catch.
6. Collect length/weight & maturity information using individual fish measurements, in support of the EU Data Collection Framework.
7. To collect surface sea-water samples for processing on return to Lowestoft for the analysis of tritium.
8. To collect fish samples in support of other Cefas and non-Cefas projects and training courses.

Narrative in attached cruise report.
Chief scientistStephen Shaw (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise programmeRV Cefas Endeavour 20/16 cruise programme endeavour20_16.pdf  (0.08 MB) 
Cruise reportRV Cefas Endeavour 20/16 cruise report endeavour20_16.pdf (1.25 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
Bristol Channel
Celtic Sea
SpecificIrish Sea (ICES area VIIa); Bristol Channel & Celtic Sea (ICES areas VIIf & VIIg)