FRV Explorer 9/83
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||FRV Explorer (74EX)|
|Cruise period||1983-09-09 — 1983-09-28|
|Port of departure||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
|Objectives||1. To carry out a herring larval survey in the Orkney-Shetland area as part of the ICES Herring Larval Surveys.
2. To collect sea water samples at Fair Isle (59° 30'N 02° 00'W) as part of the Lowestoft programme of quantifying seawater contamination by radio caesium.
3. To collect, measure and preserve in liquid nitrogen, freshly caught, recently hatched herring larvae as part of a project investigating the genetic composition of larvae from various spawning grounds in the North Sea and West Coast.
4. To pick out and tube fish larvae from as many plankton samples as possible during the cruise.
5. All plankton samples were examined for herring larvae
Sampling was interrupted on severeal occasions due to bad weather. Gale force winds forced ''Explorer'' to shelter in Inganess Bay on the 18/09/1983. A stop was made at Kirkwell from the 19/09/1983 until the 20/09/1983
|Chief scientist||Paul W Rankine (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
|Project||ICES Herring Larval Survey|
|Cruise report||(0.31 MB)|
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
|Specific||Orkney-Shetland, Fair Isle and North Sea, NE of Fraserburgh, Foula area|
|Water bottle stations||Quantity: number of stations = 1|
Description: S surface only
|Other dissolved substances||Quantity: number of samples = 1|
Description: Radio-caesium (Cs-137)- Lowestoft programme
|Biology and fisheries|
|Eggs and larvae||Quantity: 204|
Description: 112 herring larvae were collected for genetic analysis. 13935 clupeid larve were picked out during the cruise