FV Angelle Marie 1/07

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FV Angelle Marie (74ID)
Cruise identifier1/07
Cruise period2007-05-20 — 2007-05-24
Port of departurePortsmouth Harbour, United Kingdom
Port of returnPortsmouth Harbour, United Kingdom

1. To carry out the annual spring trawl survey for pre-recruit bass in the Solent area.
2. To determine the relative abundance and distribution of juvenile bass and other species in the Solent and associated harbours.


Staff travelled to Portsmouth on 19 May. The survey gear was unloaded at Whale Island, Portsmouth that evening. The survey commenced at 08.15 BST on 20 May using a Cefas bass trawl of standard design. Three stations outside and 6 stations inside Langstone Harbour were completed. The following day 9 tows in the western Solent and off Ryde, Isle of Wight were fished. The first tow of the day (East Lepe to Beaulieu) was moved further offshore to avoid static gear on the standard tow. On 22 May one tow in Bracklesham Bay and eight tows in Chichester Harbour were completed. With very little weed being caught, the decision was made to swap to the net that was used last autumn after the third tow of the day. This had no discernable effect on catches of weed and the fish species usually associated with it. On the fourth day the stations in Southampton Water were successfully completed. On the last day the three of the four remaining tows outside Chichester Harbour were fished, but the fourth station (Outer Ski buoy to Inner Ski buoy) had to be abandoned due to the high levels of static gear on the tow an alternative tow (extension of the Inner Ski Buoy to the funfair along the coast off Hayling Island) was fished instead. The fishing gear was unloaded at Whale Island, Portsmouth and staff returned to Lowestoft that day.
Chief scientistMary Jane Brown (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyCEFAS
Cruise programmeFV Angelle Marie 1/07 cruise programme angelle_marie1_07.pdf  (0.01 MB) 
Cruise reportFV Angelle Marie 1/07 cruise report angelle_marie1_07.pdf (0.07 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
SpecificThe Solent, Southampton Water, Chichester and Langstone Harbours
Biology and fisheries 
Pelagic fishQuantity: number of samples = 322
Description: Bass scale samples for analysis
Pelagic fishQuantity: number of samples = 827
Description: Bass