FRV Alba Na Mara 1117A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1117A
Cruise period2017-07-07 — 2017-07-17
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

Survey 1117A serves work carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage investigating the distribution and quality of benthic biotopes around Scotland. Data are required to underpin the management of the new suite of marine protected areas and to meet commitments prescribed by the Scottish MPA Monitoring Strategy. The 1117A survey aims in particular to establish the extent of benthic habitats on the north east coast of Scotland.


1. To establish quantitative baseline monitoring data on the Noss Head horse mussel bed (previous DDV tows were completed in strong current speeds with no camera 'set-down' and are not considered to represent a suitably robust baseline).
2. To develop our understanding of the extent of the horse mussel beds outside the Noss Head NC MPA using quantitative drop-camera sampling.
3. To refine our understanding of the extent of the burrowed mud habitat in the Southern Trench NC MPA proposal using quantitative drop-camera sampling and some limited grab sampling.
4. To trial the EMFF drop video camera system if available.
Chief scientistPhilip Boulcott (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1117A cruise programme 1117a.pdf  (2.86 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNortheast coast of Scotland