FRV Explorer 9/79

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Explorer (74EX)
Cruise identifier9/79
Cruise period1979-09-05 — 1979-09-27
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives1) To undertake a pot and trawl survey for decapod crustacea off NW Scotland
2) To make television observations inconnection with the first objective
3) To test sampling methods for lobster larvae
4) To conduct a herring larval survey to the north and west coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland ( Amendment to replace 1, 2, and 3 dated September 13)

''Explorer'' stopped in Stornoway from the 13/09/1979 till the 15/09/1979 to carry out minor boiler repairs. 2 Dutch Gulf III plankton nets were collect from the DAFS research station at Lock Ewe on the 17/09/1979. Sea conditions prevented any use being made of the television camera or of the neuston net
Chief scientistRichard G J Shelton (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Explorer 9/79 cruise report explorer9_79.pdf (1.68 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificRockall Bank, Butt of Lewis, W of North Rona, E of Rockall Islet
Track chartsFRV Explorer 9/79 cruise track — explorer9_79track.pdf (1.57 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
Eggs and larvaeQuantity: number of samples = 38
Description: for the herring larval survey were obtained for subsequent analysis at the Marine Laboratory
ZoobenthosDescription: distribution
CrustaceansDescription: Standard crab pots.
Exploratory fishing