FRV Explorer 2/83

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Explorer (74EX)
Cruise identifier2/83
Cruise period1983-02-04 — 1983-02-18
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives2/83 was 3-18 February 1983 and 3/83 was 24 February - 10 March 1983
Biology. Report/Track Chart not required

To take part in the International Young Fish Survey. Biological samples were taken for further analysis in Aberdeen. Software was developed on the Commodore micro computer, and software was developed to assemble maturity age/length keys and to provide output tables for an international report.

2 Stations were worked in the Firth. The ship was forced to shelter untill 08/02/1983 when the weather moderated suficiently to allow work to commence on the Dogger Bank. The ''Explorer'' docked in Esbjerg on the 10/02/1983 to pick up scientific equiptment. It set sail on the 11/02/1983 for stations in the German Bight.
Chief scientistAndrew W Newton (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyICES
Cruise reportFRV Explorer 2/83 cruise report explorer2and3_83.pdf (0.08 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorth Sea, Firth of Forth, Dogger Bank, Esbjerg, German Bight
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 57
Description: top & bottom made with the GOV trawl
Biology and fisheries 
Eggs and larvaeQuantity: number of samples = 18
Description: Isaac-Kidd midwater trawl was used at night to obtain samples of pre-metamorphosis herring larvae
Pelagic fishQuantity: number of hauls = 57
Description: monitoring, pathology made with the GOV trawl for herring and mackerel for use in the ICES stomach sampling programe
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 57
Description: made with the GOV trawl for saithe and cod for use in the ICES stomach sampling programe