FRV Scotia 0903S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0903S
Cruise period2003-06-04 — 2003-06-23
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives1. To obtain estimates of distribution and abundance of Nephrops in the Fladen Ground, Firth of Clyde, North Minch, South Minch and Stanton Banks using underwater television. If time permits, the survey will also include stations in the Sound of Jura, Noup and Devils Hole.
2. To make use of the TV survey to estimate the densities of other shellfish species and benthic organisms and to record evidence of trawling activity.
3. To collect samples of the sediment at each TV station.
4. To carry out Nephrops trawling in each stratum throughout the survey areas for size and sex composition analysis and examination of biological features.
5. To collect samples of Nephrops for comparison of reproductive condition and morphometrics in different areas.
6. To collect samples of Arctica islandica for studies of shell chemistry and age.
7. To collect fish tissue samples to investigate parasite levels.
Chief scientistIan D Tuck (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 0903S cruise report 0903s.pdf (0.06 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificFladen Ground, Devil's Hole, Minches, Firth of Clyde, Sound of Jura and Stanton Banks
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0903S cruise track — 0903s_track.pdf (0.07 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
Other biological/fisheries measurementQuantity: number of stations = 182
Description: TV stations
Geology and geophysics 
GrabQuantity: number of stations = 182
Description: Day grabs for sediment