RV Cefas Endeavour 11/16
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)|
|Cruise period||2016-05-31 — 2016-06-19|
|Port of departure||Lowestoft, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Lowestoft, United Kingdom|
1. Acquire acoustic data to identify locations of topographical features of a series of sandbanks across NNSSR, IDRBNR & HHW.
i. Collect acoustic corridors covering each of two case study areas (Indefatigable Bank and Leman Bank).
ii. Collect acoustic corridors across thirteen wider characterising transects.
iii. Collect acoustic corridors covering beyond sandbank areas at two of the case study areas.
2. Collect data to investigate the structure, function, and distribution of biological communities in and between sandbanks across NNSSR, IDRBNR & HHW.
i. Comprehensive sampling at two case study areas (Leman Bank and Indefatigable Bank).
ii. Lower intensity sampling along the wider characterising transects.
iii. Targeted investigation of the transition between delineated sandbank and trough areas.
3. Acquire data to determine the presence and condition of Sabellaria spinulosa reef in 'high confidence' areas (closures, NE 'core reef' areas and other previously surveyed areas) cross NNSSR, IDRBNR & HHW.
i. Acquire data to determine the presence and condition of Sabellaria spinulosa reef in 'higher confidence' areas.
ii. Verify presence and condition of Sabellaria spinulosa reef in two 'lower confidence' areas in HHW.
The RV Cefas Endeavour was mobbed on the morning of the 31st May 2016 before a vessel safety induction was conducted by the ships Safety Officer at 12:00 hrs. The vessel departed Lowestoft for a timed arrival at the North Norfolk Sandbanks and Saturn Reef (NNSSR) site at 05:00 hrs on the 1st June 2016. All aims and objectives were met in all three cSAC/SCI areas and the vessel returned to Lowestoft port on the morning tide of the 19th June 2016 to commence demobilisation of equipment, samples and survey staff.
|Chief scientist||Paul McIlwaine (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)|
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