RV Lough Foyle LF/38/96 A

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Lough Foyle (74LG)
Cruise identifierLF/38/96 A
Cruise period1996-09-16 — 1996-09-19
Port of departureBelfast, United Kingdom
Port of returnBelfast, United Kingdom
ObjectivesNW Irish Sea benthic shellfish
1. To trawl selected stations sampled during earlier cruises and perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of catches.
2. To collect live female Nephrops for fecundilty studies at C-mar, Portaferry
3. To assess the prevalence of the dinoflagellate parasite Hematodinium I Nephrops catches.
4. To film substrate transects over the Nephrops grounds using underwater video and sledge.
5. To carry out a survey of the Nephrops grounds using the ground discrimination system RoxAnn.
6. To provide a demonstration of procedures for Safety Audit Inspectors (16-17/9/96)
7. To accommodate a VIP visit and to demonstrate methods used to study benthic shellfish.
Chief scientistRichard P Briggs (Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland)
Cruise reportRV Lough Foyle LF/38/96 A cruise report lf38_96.pdf (0.23 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
SpecificIrish Sea
Track chartsRV Lough Foyle LF/38/96 A cruise track — lf38_96track.pdf (0.02 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
CrustaceansQuantity: number of hauls = 3
Description: Stations 2/35, 30 and 20 were all hauled.
CrustaceansQuantity: number of hauls = 5
Description: Stations 106, 107, 8, 7 and 101 were all hauled. Station 106 provided a good catch.
CrustaceansQuantity: number of hauls = 1
Description: A Nephrops study, using the video sledge and looking at parasites on the catches. Haul just off Portavogie.