FRV Alba Na Mara 1716A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1716A
Cruise period2016-09-07 — 2016-09-21
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnGreenock, United Kingdom

1. To undertake grab, underwater television (UTV) and RoxAnn surveys of sea disposal sites and assess the condition of the seabed, identify the predominant benthic epifauna species, and the distribution of man-made debris. Some of the disposal sites are added as contingency.

2. The disposal sites identified for survey are: Fraserburgh (contingency), Scrabster, Scrabster Extension, Thurso, Loch Inchard, Lochinver, Ayr Bay, Ayr Bay B, Birch Point, Cloch Point, Garroch Head, Clyde, Girvan Bay, Girvan 2, Rothsay Bay and Campbelltown (contingency).

3. Sediment samples for Objectives 1 will be analysed for chemical and physical parameters.


Scientific personnel will join Alba na Mara in Fraserburgh on 7 September. The vessel will depart as soon as possible and proceed to the most proximal sea disposal site to start the work programme outlined in Objective 1. Each sea disposal site will be surveyed in turn, moving through the sites listed in Objective 2. The scientific staff change, will occur on 14 September in Greenock. The Alba na Mara will then continue with the remaining sites detailed in objective 2. Once all sites have been surveyed, Alba na Mara will proceed to Greenock for unloading on 21 September.
Chief scientistMichael Bland (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1716A cruise programme 1716a.pdf  (0.02 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland