FRV Alba Na Mara 0220A

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0220A
Cruise period2020-01-25 — 2020-02-09
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To carry out a survey of scallop stocks around the Shetland Islands.
2. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught.
3. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species.
4. To identify, quantify numbers, and damage assess of starfish species in all dredge tows.
5. To collect whole scallops for heavy metal testing as part of the OSPAR assessment of hazardous substances in the marine environment.


The survey will depart Fraserburgh on 25 January and, after vessel drills, make passage for Shetland. Scallop dredge hauls will be made at sites used on previous surveys. Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration. From each haul, all of the scallops will be measured to the half centimeter below and aged. Numbers and size distribution of commercial fish and shellfish species will be recorded along with scallop shell damage and starfish numbers and species. The survey will end in Fraserburgh on 9 February when staff and gear will stay on board to carry out survey 0320A.
Chief scientistShona Kinnear (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0220A cruise programme 0220a.pdf  (0.05 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)