FRV Scotia 0916S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0916S
Cruise period2016-06-25 — 2016-07-15
Port of departureScrabster, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. Conduct an acoustic survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of herring in the north western North Sea and north of Scotland between 58°30'-62°N and from the shelf edge to 2°E, excluding Faroese waters. Acoustic transects will be carried out in Moray Firth to estimate abundance of herring and sprat.
2. Obtain biological samples for echosounder trace identification using a pelagic trawl.
3. Obtain samples of herring and sprat for biological analysis, including age, length, weight, sex, maturity, ichthyophonus infection and stock identity for herring caught west of 4W.
4. Test feasibility of using GoPro cameras mounted in the net and on a dropframe to further aid in species identification in the echogram scrutiny process.
5. Obtain hydrographic data for comparison with the horizontal and vertical distribution of herring and sprat.

Narrative in attached cruise report.
Chief scientistSusan M Lusseau (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0916S cruise programme 0916s.pdf  (0.17 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 0916S cruise report 0916s.pdf (0.06 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorthwestern North Sea and north of Scotland between 58 30 - 62 00N and from the shelf edge to 02 00E, excluding Faroese waters.
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0916S cruise track — 0916strk.pdf (0.16 MB)