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FRV Clupea 1507C

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Clupea (74CU)
Cruise identifier1507C
Cruise period2007-10-29 — 2007-11-15
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. To undertake fish and sediment sampling in the Clyde and Minch areas in support of the temporal trend and biomarker monitoring studies

2. To undertake sampling of flounder in St Andrews Bay and the upper Firth of Forth.

3. To undertake sampling of flounder collected from upper Clyde on behalf of SEPA West.

4. To determine hepatic protein and bile metabolite concentrations on board.

5. To sample plaice liver from Colonsay, Pladda, Solway Firth, Garroch Head and Cloch Point for macroarray assay in conjunction with Glasgow Caledonian University.

6. To sample Buccinum for imposex measurements in support of TBT effects survey.

7. To sample fish and sediment from the Clyde and Solway Firth CSEMP stations.

8. To obtain epibenthos samples from off Lybster in support of a project to investigate effects of drilling mud components on various invertebrates, mainly molluscs.

9. To sample 100 0-Group (<15 cm) cod, haddock or whiting from North Minch.

10. To collect wet fish food for the aquarium.


Scientific equipment was loaded, set up and secured on 26 October. Three scientific staff and a student joined the vessel on evening of 28 October. Clupea sailed on 29 October for the Beatrice oilfield where epibenthos samples and sediments were collected in support of a project to investigate effects of drilling mud components on various invertebrates, mainly molluscs. Clupea then returned to Fraserburgh where the student disembarked at 2100. Clupea sailed again at 0800 on 30 October and made passage south. Fishing, and associated sediment samples, from St Andrews Bay was completed before anchoring overnight. Clupea sailed the next morning for the Firth of Forth where fishing by beam trawl at Blackness commenced at 1200. Five trawls were taken and returned only 7 flounder and the site was abandoned.
Chief scientistAlistair D McIntosh (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise programmeFRV Clupea 1507C cruise programme 1507c.pdf — access key 'C' (0.34 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Clupea 1507C cruise report 1507c.pdf — access key 'C' (0.04 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
Irish Sea and St. George's Channel
SpecificFirth of Forth, North Sea, The Minch, Firth of Clyde, Solway Firth
Track chartsFRV Clupea 1507C cruise track — 1507ctrk.pdf (0.02 MB)