FFS Walther Herwig III 387

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FFS Walther Herwig III (06NI)
Cruise identifier387
Cruise period2015-08-28 — 2015-09-17
Port of departureBremerhaven, Germany
Port of returnBremerhaven, Germany

1. Studies on fish diseases and parasites in the North Sea and Baltic Sea
2. Studies on biological effects of contaminants
3. Studies for the MODUM project
4. Sampling of fish for chemical analysis of contaminants
5. Hydrographical measurements (salinity, temperature, oxygen, turbidity)
6. Visual detection of drifting marine litter in the North Sea


FRV Walther Herwig III left Bremerhaven at noon on 28/08 and passed Kiel Channel the following day. In the morning of 30/08, work started in the Baltic Sea in area B11. During the following days, studies and sampling were conducted in areas BHB, B13, B14, B15, B09 and B10. On 06/09., due to bad weather conditions, work had to be stopped in area B01. In the afternoon, Walther Herwig III arrived in Kiel and a member of the scientific staff was taken on board. The next day, work in area B01 was continued.
On 09/09., WHIII again passed Kiel Channel. In the period 09.-15.09., sampling was continued in six North Sea areas (P02, N04, GB4, N11, N01, GB1). In the evening of 16.09., WH III arrived in Bremerhaven, where the cruise ended in the morning of 17.09. according to schedule. In 15 sampling areas, a total of 53 fishing hauls was performed (towing time 30-60 min. each). In the Baltic Sea, a 140 ft bottom trawl and a pelagic PSN 205 net were used, in the North Sea a GOV net, all with standard configuration. Hydrographical measurements were made at all fishery stations.
Chief scientistThomas Lang (Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg)
ProjectIntegrated Monitoring of Contaminants and their Biological Effects (INMON)
Cruise reportFFS Walther Herwig III 387 cruise report waltherherwigiii_387.pdf (0.61 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralKattegat, Sound and Belts
North Sea