FRV Alba Na Mara 0316A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0316A
Cruise period2016-03-07 — 2016-03-21
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. Investigate whether light influences fish behaviour in the extension of the trawl.
2. Obtain video footage of the separator lighting grid.
3. If time permits at the end of the cruise, carry out live capture of haddock for fish behaviour work back at the lab.


Equipment will be loaded onto MRV Alba na Mara at Fraserburgh on 4 March 2016, where the trawl will be rigged onto the net drum. Scientific staff will join Alba on the evening of 6 March, then leave harbour and steam to fishing grounds approximately 9nm east of Aberdeen to commence work on 7 March. A number of short hauls will be carried out to ensure the separator grid in the trawl is rigged correctly through observations with video cameras mounted on the trawl and analysis of a tilt sensor mounted on the grid. After the rigging trials are complete fish behaviour trials will commence. If sufficient valid fish behaviour hauls are completed during the survey, then some time at the end of the trip will be used for live fish capture. Alba will return to Fraserburgh on the evening of 20 March to unload equipment and scientific personnel on 21 March.
Chief scientistKeith Summerbell (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0316A cruise programme 0316a.pdf  (0.04 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificEast of Aberdeen