RV Cefas Endeavour 15/16

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)
Cruise identifier15/16
Cruise period2016-07-11 — 2016-07-15
Port of departureFowey, United Kingdom
Port of returnPortland Harbour, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThis survey is tasked with carrying out a seabed characterisation survey for the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Data collected will inform the MMO on suitable future use of the seabed in the area.


1. To collect multibeam echosounder (MBES) data which will inform redistribution of ground-truthing stations if required and future management of the area.
2. To collect 30-50 Day grab (alternative Hamon and Shipek if sediment type unsuitable) samples which will be used for Particle Size Analysis (PSA), macrofauna analysis of infauna, heavy metal contaminants and polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons analysis.
3. To carry out 5/6, 2 m beam trawls to enable macrofauna analysis of epifauna.
4. To carry out 5/6 drop-down camera tows collecting video and still images.

Narrative in attached cruise report.
Chief scientistAlexander Callaway (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise programmeRV Cefas Endeavour 15/16 cruise programme endeavour15_16.pdf  (0.40 MB) 
Cruise reportRV Cefas Endeavour 15/16 cruise report endeavour15_16.pdf (1.18 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
SpecificOffshore Plymouth/Rame Head