FRV Alba Na Mara 1217A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1217A
Cruise period2017-07-19 — 2017-07-28
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

To retrieve and re-deploy a series of moorings comprising either dhan buoys (seven surface marked moorings) or acoustic release systems (23 subsurface acoustic release moorings) and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (30 C-POD and 10 SM units) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme (ECOMMAS).


Loading of all equipment will be carried out on 17 July when the previous survey (1117A) returns to Fraserburgh. Alba na Mara will sail from Fraserburgh on the morning of 19 July and make for the first mooring position. The ultimate order in which the moorings are retrieved/deployed will be dictated by the weather forecast and the likely shelter that can be sought along the east coast. Accurate position records will be kept detailing where the moorings are eventually placed as this may differ slightly from the planned position. Moorings that cannot be found or retrieved will be replaced with the same type of mooring as long as there are enough remaining of that same type. Recovered PAM devices will be returned to the Marine Laboratory at the end of the survey.

Once all the moorings have been retrieved and redeployed Alba na Mara will return to Fraserburgh to unload remaining gear and allow scientific crew to disembark and return to Aberdeen.
Chief scientistPaul Stainer (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1217A cruise programme 1217a.pdf  (0.38 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificMoray Firth. East coast of Scotland.