RV Lough Foyle LF/03/96

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Lough Foyle (74LG)
Cruise identifierLF/03/96
Cruise period1996-02-12 — 1996-02-16
Port of departureBelfast, United Kingdom
Port of returnBelfast, United Kingdom
ObjectivesNW Irish Sea scallop stocks
1. To survey the scallop, Pecten maximus grounds off the County Down coast and collect the following scallop data:
a) catch per unit effort
b) age composition
c) weight, height and length of individual scallops
d) abductor muscle weight
e) gonad weight from selected samples.
2. To retain scallop shells for future morphometric studies.
3. Identify and quantify macrofauna associated with scallops.
4. Perform a preliminary survey of the Northern Ireland scallop ground using RoxAnn.
Chief scientistRichard P Briggs (Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland)
Cruise reportRV Lough Foyle LF/03/96 cruise report lf03_96.pdf (0.17 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
SpecificNW Irish Sea and North Channel
Track chartsRV Lough Foyle LF/03/96 cruise track — lf03_96track.pdf (0.02 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
MolluscsQuantity: number of stations = 6
Description: Surveying scallop stocks. Stations 15, 1, 2, 13, 9 and 12 were dredged on relatively good weather conditions.
MolluscsQuantity: number of stations = 5
Description: Stations 2/13, 12/2/1 were dredged and repeated in order to note gear efficiency.
MolluscsQuantity: number of stations = 8
Description: Stations 7, 8, 5, 4, 101, 100 and 2 hauls in Area III.
MolluscsQuantity: number of stations = 9
Description: Station 4 was fished, along with 8 hauls in Area II.