FRV Scotia 1021S

Cruise plan

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1021S
Cruise period2021-07-28 — 2021-08-17
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. Complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV.
2. Obtain temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen concentration data from the water column at each trawling station using a RBR CTD.
3. Undertake MIK sampling for pre-metamorphosed clupeoid larvae during the hours of darkness within the trawl survey area.
4. Collect additional biological data in connection with the Data Collection Framework (DCF).
5. Identify and quantify all gelatinous zooplankton caught during trawling.
6. Collect and quantify all marine litter encountered on the survey for MSFD.
7. Identify and quantify the presence of non-indigenous species observed.
8. Collect surface water phytoplankton samples in selected STSQs.
9. Collect low nutrient sea water from 43F0 for the MSS chemistry department.
10. Collect a variety of additional samples.


Loading of all trawl, scientific and MIK net gear will take place on 26 July with rigging of ground gear A and testing being completed on the same day. Scotia will sail on the morning of 28 July. Once safety drills have been completed, Scotia will proceed to the first station southwest of Aberdeen (Montrose Bank), where a shakedown haul/first trawl station will be completed in order to check the net configuration and the SCANMAR units. An operational daily survey plan will be formulated by the SIC subsequent to meetings with both the Fishing Master and Captain.
Chief scientistRuadhan Gillespie-Mules (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
ProjectICES International Bottom Trawling Survey (IBTS)
Coordinating bodyInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 1021S cruise programme 1021s.pdf  (0.58 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorth Sea (ICES area IV)