FRV Explorer 3/66

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Explorer (74EX)
Cruise identifier3/66
Cruise period1966-04-28 — 1966-05-15
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
ObjectivesTo carry out trawling and hydrographic and plankton studies of the area. Collections for plankton were made at each station on the line from the Butt of Lewis to Faroe Bank and off Nolso. Fish eggs were sampled at most positions.

A hydrographic line was completed to Faroe Bank. Trawling commenced on the 04/04/1966. The Nolsa-Flugga line was started but winds prevented further hydrographic work. Shelter was sought off Tolsta from 28/04/1966 till the 02/05/1966 due to rough weather conditions.
Chief scientistRobert Johnston (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Explorer 3/66 cruise report explorer3_66.pdf (0.13 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificCape Wrath, Tolsta, Butt of Lewis, Nolso-Flugga area, Orkneys
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsDescription: for temperature and salinity
Biology and fisheries 
Demersal fishQuantity: number of hauls = 20
Description: Trauls were onfined to the west and north coasts of the island group. Cod were obtained from the Faroe region. Stomach samples were preserved and records of muscle parasites were taken. Stomach samples were also taken for haddock from all suitable catches. Halibut, lemon sole, common dab, saithe, gadoids and Sebastes were taken in small numbers in most hauls.