FRV Scotia 0919S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0919S
Cruise period2019-06-27 — 2019-07-19
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

To conduct an acoustic survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of herring in the north western North Sea and north of Scotland between 58°30'-62°N and from the shelf edge to 2°E, excluding Faroese waters.

- To obtain biological samples by trawling with pelagic and demersal trawl for echosounder trace identification.

- To obtain samples of herring and sprat for biological analysis, including age, length, weight, sex, maturity and ichthyophonus infection throughout the survey area.

- Collect samples and data for stock identity determination of herring. Photos and otoliths for morphometric stock ID analysis for herring caught west of 4 °W; tissue samples for genetic analysis from herring throughout the survey area.

- Use GoPro cameras mounted in the net and on a drop frame to further aid in species identification in the echogram scrutiny process.

- To obtain hydrographic data for comparison with the horizontal and vertical distribution of herring and sprat.

- Obtain dissolved oxygen vertical water column profiles for comparison with occurrence of prominent 38kHz scattering layer as part of Aberdeen University Hons student project.

- Collect near-seabed dissolved oxygen measurements for MSS monitoring programme.
Chief scientistS O'Connell (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Susan M Lusseau (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0919S cruise programme 0919s.pdf  (0.15 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorthwestern North Sea and north of Scotland