FRV Alba Na Mara 1819A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier1819A
Cruise period2019-10-21 — 2019-10-31
Port of departureTroon, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To service (recover and redeploy) marine mammal monitoring moorings with acoustic releases, at eight sites in the Sea of the Hebrides and North Minch.
2. To collect sediment samples at a number of sites south of Skye (positions TBC)
3. Attempt to locate and recover 'missing' buoy close to Eilean Liubhaird, Isle of Lewis (57⁰ 58 N, 06⁰ 23 W).


Once the vessel sails from Troon and all relevant drills have been completed, the vessel will head for the first mooring location at North Islay and work in a Northerly direction thereafter. Survey operations will take place between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00. Stations will be serviced depending on the prevailing weather conditions i.e. if wind strengths or wave heights are adverse, a precautionary approach will be adopted. Sediment sampling with the Day grab will be undertaken South of Skye. An attempt to locate and recover a 'missing' buoy close to Eilean Liubhaird, Isle of Lewis (57⁰ 58 N, 06⁰ 23 W) will be undertaken (weather permitting).
Chief scientistEwan W J Edwards (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 1819A cruise programme 1819a.pdf  (0.59 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificNorth Minch, Sea of the Hebrides.