FRV Scotia 0816S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0816S
Cruise period2016-06-22 — 2016-06-25
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnScrabster, United Kingdom

1. Deploy an AVU/drone from Scotia to monitor turbulence in the Pentland Firth over the Meygen site, at the south end of Stroma.
2. Record distribution of seabirds/mammals.
3. Record multi-frequency acoustic data using the on board EK60.
4. Record data using the on board ADCP.
5. Deploy, track and recover self-recording, listening devices (Sea Ear).


Personnel will join the vessel, on 21 June. The vessel will depart on the morning of 22 June, and make way to the Pentland Firth. The AVU will be deployed along a fixed transect between Stroma and the mainland, against the prevailing tide. Scotia will follow the drone as near as practical. At the end of the transect the drone will be recovered and Scotia will proceed round the north of Stroma to repeat the transect. Data will be recorded on the EK60/ADCP to monitor changes in water movements/turbulence. If weather conditions allow, the work boat aboard Scotia will be used to deploy, track and recover drifting acoustic recording devices. The "bird boxes" will be installed on the foredeck and staff will record bird/mammal sightings. The survey will end on the afternoon of the 25 June in Scrabster, when personnel for the Herring Acoustic Survey will join the vessel. Scientific staff and will return to Aberdeen by lab vehicle.
Chief scientistEric Armstrong (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0816S cruise programme 0816s.pdf  (0.02 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificPentland Firth