FV Helenus 3201H

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FV Helenus (74OQ)
Cruise identifier3201H
Cruise period2002-02-03 — 2002-02-08
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom
ObjectivesTo collect biological data on the gadoid populations (cod, haddock and whiting) at two geographically contrasting sites: Inshore - North Minch; Offshore - Butt of Lewis.
This charter is one of a series of surveys in both the North Sea and off the west coast of Scotland. These surveys are to be performed bi-monthly and the collected data will allow:
a) Comparison of inshore and offshore gadoid populations, with respect to size structure, growth, age composition and condition indices;
b) Description of temporal variation in these condition indices; and
c) Development of unbiased bi-monthly growth curves for the target gadoid species.
The project will be conducted as a preliminary exercise to assess the feasibility of using commercial vessels to supplement the collection of biological data on key commercial stocks.
Chief scientistMichael Breen (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
ProjectGadoid Survey - West Coast No 2
Cruise reportFV Helenus 3201H cruise report helenus_3201h.pdf (0.06 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificThe West Coast of Scotland, North Minch (57deg50'N 05deg55'W) and off The Butt of Lewis (58deg50'N 06deg20'W)
Biology and fisheries 
Pelagic fishQuantity: number of hauls = 6
Description: Cod, haddock and whiting measured for length, weight, age, sex, maturity, somatic weight, liver weight and ovarian tissue samples taken.