1) To carry out a trawling and echointegrator survey for 0-group sprats off the east coast of Scotland and northeast coast of England.
2) Some hauls off Montrose were made to see if there were any differences in the catch composition between hauls made during daylight and dark
Deteriorating weather conditions forced the ''Explorer'' to seek shelter in Alnwick bay on the 16/11/1982, and again on the 18/11/1982 in Lunan Bay. Bad weather again halted operations on the 21/11/1982. A half-landing took place on the 22/11/1982 till the 23/11/1982 in Aberdeen. The ship anchored in Cromarty Firth on the 24/11/1982 to carry out an echointergrator calibration leaving on the 25/11/1982 to continue the survey. A further echointegrator calibration was carried out in St Andrew's Bay
David W McKay (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
ICES Young Gadoid Survey
Central North Sea, Moray Firth, off Buckie, Aberdeen Bay, Montrose, off the Tees, off Nairn
Biology and fisheries
Eggs and larvae
Quantity: number of hauls = 28 Description: Isaac Kidd trawls for large herring larvae
Mammals and reptiles
Quantity: number of stations = 54 Description: Hauls for distribution,monitoring. 46 carried out at the programmed stations, 5 additional hauls to identify traces, 4 hausl to study daylight and dark variations in catches. Sprat, 0-group herring were caught
Acoustic reflection on marine organisms.
Description: Echointegration survey. Large plankters and small fish were caught