RV Cefas Endeavour 9/04

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)
Cruise identifier9/04
Cruise period2004-07-23 — 2004-08-01
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom
Objectives1. To carry out a benthic and trawl survey of mud biotopes in the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea, in support of project AE1148, and to collect data and samples for studies supporting the development of EcoQOs for benthic communities, including (a) examining the distribution, size composition, abundance and diversity of meiofauna, infauna, epibenthos and fish on mud biotopes, and (b) examining issues pertaining to relative catchability and sample replication.
2. To undertake sampling in support of indicators work (A0261)
3. To collect additional core samples from the Celtic Deep (P. Larcombe, CEFAS)
4. To collect biological samples of (a) Nephrops and other large crustaceans for laboratory analyses (K. Leonard), and (b) shrimp and other benthic fauna for the analysis of heavy metal levels (L. Newton, University of West of England).
Chief scientistJames Robert Ellis (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise programmeRV Cefas Endeavour 9/04 cruise programme endeavour9_04.pdf  (0.01 MB) 
Cruise reportRV Cefas Endeavour 9/04 cruise report endeavour09_04.pdf (0.13 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralIrish Sea and St. George's Channel
Celtic Sea
Track chartsRV Cefas Endeavour 9/04 cruise track — endeavour09_04trk.pdf (0.10 MB) 
Biology and fisheries 
ZoobenthosQuantity: number of hauls = 32
Description: made using a steel 2m beam trawl.
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 6
Description: 4m beam trawl.
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 10
Description: Agassiz trawl.
Geology and geophysics 
DredgeQuantity: number of samples = 8
Description: anchor dredge.
GrabQuantity: number of samples = 90
Description: taken using a Day Grab for susbsequent analysis of microbiota, meiofauna, macrofauna and PSA.
Core - soft bottomQuantity: number of samples = 27
Description: collected with the NIOZ corer, with samples taken for subsequent analysis of microbiota, meiofauna and PSA.
Bottom photographyQuantity: number of deployments = 5
Description: of camera sledge made on muddy habitats.