FRV Alba Na Mara 0916A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0916A
Cruise period2016-05-19 — 2016-06-07
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the East Coast.
2. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught.
3. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species.
4. To identify and quantify numbers of starfish species in all dredge tows.
5. To collect flesh samples for genetic/parasite and toxin analysis back at the laboratory.
6. Arrange collection of live scallops for return to the lab during the survey.
7. Collect clapper shells for C Murdoch during survey which will be aged, measured and damage assessed.


The survey will depart from Fraserburgh on 19 May. After drills, the vessel will head for the first station, the location of which will be decided by the SIC in conjunction with the captain. Scallop dredge hauls will be made at sites used on previous surveys. Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration. From each haul all of the scallops will be measured to the half centimeter below and aged. Numbers and size distribution of commercial fish and shellfish species will be recorded along with scallop shell damage and starfish numbers and species. Tissue samples will also be collected from selected sites and frozen for toxin analysis back at the laboratory. Scallops will be collected for genetic analysis and some will also be returned live back to the lab for parasite analysis.
Chief scientistJohn Turriff (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0916A cruise programme 0916a.pdf  (0.08 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNortheast of Scotland