RV Cirolana CIR3/01

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cirolana (74CZ)
Cruise identifierCIR3/01
Cruise period2001-02-27 — 2001-03-29
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom
ObjectivesAnnual groundfish survey. The Aim was to carry out a trawl survey of the Celtic Sea to obtain information on:
a) Distribution, size composition and abundance of all fish species.
b) Age-length distribution of selected species.
c) The spatial and temporal distribution of high concentrations of groundfish, if encountered.
d) The detailed distribution of spawning cod in the North West of ICES Division VIIg (Celtic Sea).
Chief scientistStephen Flatman (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise reportRV Cirolana CIR3/01 cruise report ciro3_01.pdf (0.22 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
Celtic Sea
SpecificSouth-western approaches, western English Channel
Track chartsRV Cirolana CIR3/01 cruise track — ciro3_01trk.pdf (0.21 MB) 
Physical oceanography 
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 47
Description: CTD deployments: vertical sampling of the water column to obtain data on current, temperature, depth and salinity profiles
Biology and fisheries 
PhytoplanktonQuantity: number of samples = 11
Description: Ring net deployments: vertical sampling of the water column for phytoplankton
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of stations = 31
Description: Two metre beam trawls: objective to sample epibenthos species with full taxonomic description of flora and fauna
Demersal fishQuantity: number of stations = 73
Description: Demersal trawl net with an 80mm cod-end mesh and 20mm liner - to fulfil the objectives on previous page and capture juvenile fish for recruitment indices
Geology and geophysics 
GrabQuantity: number of samples = 9
Description: Grab samples: used to determine sediment and substrate types