FRV Alba Na Mara 0818A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0818A
Cruise period2018-06-08 — 2018-06-14
Port of departureUllapool, United Kingdom
Port of returnUllapool, United Kingdom
ObjectivesSurvey 0818A serves work carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage and Marine Scotland Science investigating the distribution and quality of benthic biotopes in inshore waters around Scotland. The resultant data are required to underpin the management of the new suite of Marine Protected Areas (MPA), to meet commitments prescribed by the Scottish MPA Monitoring Strategy and to identify Priority Marine Features (PMFs) outside the Scottish MPAs network. 0818A aims in particular to establish the current status of benthic habitats within the Sound of Barra Special Area of Conservation (SAC), adding to survey work conducted during 0717A.

1. To establish the current status of benthic habitat protected features within the Sound of Barra SAC, or contingency sites, using quantitative drop-camera sampling and grab methods.
2. To collect seabed samples using the day grab for sediment size classification and for infaunal analysis. Collected infaunal samples will be stored in 4% formalin.
Chief scientistPhilip Boulcott (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0818A cruise programme 0818a.pdf  (0.58 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificSound of Barra