FRV Scotia 1003S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier1003S
Cruise period2003-06-27 — 2003-07-21
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
Objectives1) To conduct an acoustic survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of herring in the north western North Sea and north of Scotland between 58-61.45'N and 4.0W to 2.0E, Faroese waters.
2) To obtain echosounder trace identification using pelagic trawl and demersal trawl.
3) To obtain samples of herring for biological analysis, including age, length, weight, sex, maturity and ichthyophonus infection.
4) To obtain samples of herring for genetic analysis for HERGEN.
5) To obtain photographic records for fish maturity analysis.
6) To obtain hydrographic data for comparison with the horizontal and vertical distribution of herring.
7) To obtain plankton samples for acoustic identification work.
Chief scientistEdmund John Simmonds (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyICES
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 1003S cruise report 1003s.pdf (0.06 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorth western North Sea, north of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland
Track chartsFRV Scotia 1003S cruise track — 1003s_track.pdf (0.07 MB) 
Physical oceanography 
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 20
Description: Temperature and salinity profiles
Biology and fisheries 
ZooplanktonQuantity: number of hauls = 42
Description: Utow plankton hauls
Pelagic fishQuantity: number of hauls = 40
Description: Pelagic trawl hauls aimed at herring length and biological samples
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 22
Description: Demersal hauls numbers and length only
Acoustic reflection on marine organisms.Quantity: track kilometres = 5370
Description: nMiles acoustic data at 18,38,120,200kHz on cruise track
Geology and geophysics 
Multi-beam echosoundingQuantity: track kilometres = 5370
Description: nMiles Simrad SM950 raw data on cruise track