FRV Alba Na Mara 0719A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0719A
Cruise period2019-05-13 — 2019-05-15
Port of departureOban, United Kingdom
Port of returnKyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom

To deploy three marine mammal monitoring moorings with acoustic releases. Indicative areas for these moorings are: N of Islay/SW of Colonsay (55⁰ 56' N, 006⁰ 25' W), SW of Tiree (56⁰ 26' N, 007⁰ 06' W), and E of Mingulay (56⁰ 48' N, 007⁰ 36' W) - these locations will be refined in due course. All moorings will be deployed in max. 120 m water.


Scientists will join the vessel on 12 May in Oban and spend the night aboard, so that the ship can leave early on 13 May. Weather permitting and after all vessel drills have been undertaken, Alba na Mara will head SW to the first mooring site N of Islay. After deployment, the vessel will steam NW to the second mooring site SW of Tiree. On 14 May, the vessel will steam NW to the east side of Mingulay to deploy the third mooring. The work will then be complete. The precise order in which the vessel will undertake the survey work will be decided by the SIC in conjunction with the skipper. The vessel will anchor overnight at a safe anchorage to be advised by the skipper.

Daily operations will occur between 07:00 and 19:00 hours (all times BST). Scientific operations will cease on 14 May to allow sufficient time for the vessel to travel to Kyle of Lochalsh. Unloading will occur in Kyle on 15 May.
Chief scientistEwan W J Edwards (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0719A cruise programme 0719a.pdf  (0.73 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificIslay, Colonsay, Tiree, Mingulay