Cruise inventory

FV Alvic Young Fish Survey 1985

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship nameFV Alvic
Cruise identifierYoung Fish Survey 1985
Cruise period1985-03-09 — 1985-09-23
StatusCompleted
Port of departureWhitstable, United Kingdom
Port of returnWhitstable, United Kingdom
PurposeResearch
ObjectivesJoint survey between: FV Alvic, FV Avon Valley, FV Challenge, FV Jo's Boys, FV Our Tracey, FV St Richard and FV Sundance; for the English component of international young flatfish programme.

Aim:
To carry out the English component to the international young flatfish programme in the North Sea and the eastern English Channel.

Team 2: Beam trawl survey of the South Thames area 18th-20th September. Push net sites were sampled throughout 3rd-23rd September.

Results:
1. In total throughout the survey 232 hauls using the standard 2m beam trawl and 62 push net sites using the standard 1.5m push net sites sampled. All fish caught were identified and measured. Salinity, temperature and sediment samples were collected at each station. By-catch of shrimp was noted.

2. Lowestoft and Rye Bay. A survey of the distribution and abundace of 0-group sole. Live 0-group sole were collected for laboratory estimation of gastric evacuation (Lowestoft only). Live 0-group sole held in tanks for 24 hours then deep frozen. Samples of 0-group sole were collected for stomach content analysis, a description of the diurnal feeding pattern and for total lipid content analysis. Samples of 0-group sole and plaice collected for morphometric studies.
Chief scientistColin L Whiting (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Lowestoft Fisheries Laboratory)
Cruise reportFV Alvic Young Fish Survey 1985 cruise report commercial_vessels_sep85.pdf — access key 'C' (0.06 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
North Sea
SpecificThe Wash - Swanage
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Surface measurements underway (T,S)Description: observations made at every station
Biology and fisheries 
Biochemical measurements (eg lipids, amino acids)Description: samples of 0-group sole collected for total lipid content analysis
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 232
Description: (in total throughout the survey) beam trawl survey of the South Thames
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 62
Description: (in total throughout the survey) push net sites in the South Thames area
Demersal fishDescription: distribution and abundance of 0-group sole
Demersal fishDescription: deep frozen sole
CrustaceansDescription: shrimp by-catch recorded at all stations
Other biological/fisheries measurementDescription: samples of 0-group sole and plaice collected for morphometric studies
Geology and geophysics 
GrabDescription: observations made at every station