FRV Alba Na Mara 2117A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier2117A
Cruise period2017-11-30 — 2017-12-04
Port of departureLeith, United Kingdom
Port of returnLeith, United Kingdom

1. To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, inner Firth of Forth, and the Forth estuary in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme.
2. To undertake sediment sampling in the St Andrews Bay, Outer Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme.
3. To undertake survey of sea-surface litter in surface waters of the Forth and Scottish east coast and record seabed litter collected by the trawls.
4. To undertake fish, shellfish and sediment sampling in support of the microplastics ROAME.


Fishing and scientific gear will be loaded in Leith at the end of the previous survey, prior to Alba na Mara sailing on 30 November. Flounder will be sampled in St Andrews Bay and in the Forth estuary (Tancred bank), dab will be sampled in the inner Firth of Forth. Five sediment stations will be sampled at each of St Andrews Bay, the outer Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary; at each station two grabs will be taken: one for contaminants and one for microplaastics. The neuston trawl will be deployed in the Forth estuary, the Firth of Forth, and off the east coasts of Fife and East Lothian. This net is to be towed at five knots, or less, for 30-90 minutes in order to collect and sample microplastics floating on the sea surface. An additional sediment sample to be collected by Day grab from under the course of each catamaran tow for subsequent microplastics determinations. Samples a variety of fish species will be adventitiously sampled from the trawls and frozen for work-up in the laboratory as part the microplastics ROAME. Records will be made of seabed litter caught by the trawls.
Chief scientistCraig D Robinson (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 2117A cruise programme 2117a.pdf  (0.09 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificSt Andrews Bay, Firth of Forth