FV Challenge 'A' Young Fish Survey 2006

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FV Challenge 'A' (740E)
Cruise identifierYoung Fish Survey 2006
Cruise period2006-08-27 — 2006-09-06
Port of departureEastbourne, United Kingdom
Port of returnEastbourne, United Kingdom
1. To carry out an inshore beam trawl survey of parts of the North Sea (in support of EU Data Collection Regulation) and Eastern Channel for juvenile flatfish year class size estimation.
2. To collect data on young demersal fish in relation to the environment.
3. To identify and quantify macro-benthos.
4. To record temperature, salinity and sediment type at each trawl station.
5. To otolith and age commercial flatfish.
6. To record dissolved oxygen levels in the Humber for the Environment Agency.
7. To input all data to FSS during cruise.

A standard grid was worked in each area using a 2-metre beam trawl with tows of 10 minutes duration.
Chief scientistThomas R Woods (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
ProjectSeptember Young Fish Survey 2006
Coordinating bodyCEFAS
Cruise reportFV Challenge 'A' Young Fish Survey 2006 cruise report youngfishsurvey_06.pdf (1.18 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificHumber estuary and North Norfolk coast
Physical oceanography 
Surface measurements underway (T,S)Quantity: number of stations = 41
Description: salinity samples taken at alternate stations
Chemical oceanography 
OxygenDescription: dissolved oxygen samples taken
Biology and fisheries 
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 81
Description: tows: sole and plaice