Cruise inventory

RRS Challenger CH1/79

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Challenger (74CH)
Cruise identifierCH1/79
Cruise period1979-01-09 — 1979-01-21
Port of departureBarry, United Kingdom
Port of returnBarry, United Kingdom
Objectives1. To service SMBA current meter mooring at 57M 9W.
2. To work Anton Dohrn Seamount CTD section. Not attempted.
3. To collect 50 litre water samples at standard positions for radio-caesium analysis.
4. To make a bottom survey North West of Barra Head using side scan sonar (for IOS Bidston). Cancelled due to lack of time.
5. To obtain an epibenthic sled sample of the abyssal macrobenthos at the SMBA Permanent Station, 54 40'N, 12 16'W in 2900m water in order to continue a long-term time series.
6. To obtain samples of deep plankton at the Permanent Station using the small rectangular mid-water trawl.
7. To obtain hauls of the benthic megafauna using an Agassiz trawl in order to continue seasonal studies.
Chief scientistAnton Edwards (Scottish Marine Biological Association)
Cruise reportRRS Challenger CH1/79 cruise report ch1_79.pdf — access key 'C' (0.27 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Track chartsRRS Challenger CH1/79 cruise track — trk2341.html
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 17
Description: S surface only
Chemical oceanography 
RadioactivityQuantity: number of samples = 10
Description: 50 litre water samples collected for radio-caesium analysis.
Biology and fisheries 
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of hauls = 2
Description: 1 Agassiz trawl and a single deployment of an epibenthic sledge for taxonomy and population studies.