FRV Alba Na Mara 1618A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1618A
Cruise period2018-10-19 — 2018-10-23
Port of departureGreenock, United Kingdom
Port of returnGreenock, United Kingdom

1. To determine the concentrations of floating microplastics in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary.
2. To determine the concentrations of microplastics within the sediment in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary.


Scientific staff will join Alba na Mara (pm) on 18 October in Greenock. The vessel will sail the following morning, weather permitting. Tows on both states of the tide (flood and ebb) will be attempted during the course of the survey. Grab samples will be collected at stations along Loch Long and Loch Goil. Additional sediment and tow sampling will be performed in the general vicinity if time permits. Samples we be collected, archived and returned to the Marine Laboratory Aberdeen.
Chief scientistEric J Dalgarno (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1618A cruise programme 1618a.pdf  (0.12 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificLoch Long, Loch Goil, Clyde Estuary