FRV Scotia 1598S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1598S
Cruise period1998-09-01 — 1998-09-18
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives1. To obtain estimates of distribution and abundance of Nethrops in the Firth of Forth, Fladen Ground and North Minch using underwater television. If time permits, the survey will include stations at the Noup and Moray Firth.
2. To collect samples of the sediment at each TV station.
3. To make use of the TV survey to estimate the densities of whelks and other shellfish species of potential commercial importance.
4. To carry out Nephrops trawling in each stratum throughout the survey areas for size composition analysis and examination of biological features.
Chief scientistNick Bailey (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 1598S cruise report sc15_98.pdf (0.20 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificFirth of Forth, Fladen Ground and North Minch
Track chartsFRV Scotia 1598S cruise track — sc15_98track.pdf (0.03 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
CrustaceansQuantity: number of hauls = 14
Description: 50mm Prawn Trawl used to make trawl hauls of 30 minutes for data on Nephrops sex ration, size composition and ovary condition.
Geology and geophysics 
GrabQuantity: number of stations = 164
Description: sediment samples taken at each station using a Day Grab for later analysis in the laboratory.
Bottom photographyQuantity: number of deployments = 164
Description: television sledge runs of 10 minutes duration.