FRV Alba Na Mara 1318A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1318A
Cruise period2018-08-25 — 2018-09-10
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To obtain estimates of the distribution and abundance of Nephrops burrows in the Firth of Forth and the Moray Firth using underwater cameras.
2. To use the TV footage to record the occurrence of other benthic fauna and evidence of commercial trawling activity.
3. To collect trawl caught samples of Nephrops for comparison of reproductive condition and morphometrics in each of the different survey areas.
4. To collect samples of Nephrops for a PHD student from NUI Galway for a study on density-dependent effects on Nephrops maturity using morphometric relationships among body structures.
5. If time permits, deployments of the sledge followed by the drop frame will be carried out on the same ground to compare Nephrops burrow density estimates obtained by using the two different methods.
Chief scientistGerald McAllister (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Katie Boyle (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1318A cruise programme 1318a.pdf  (0.06 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificFirth of Forth, Moray Firth.