Cruise inventory

MFV Seagull 1007H

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)MFV Seagull (74UG)
Cruise identifier1007H
Cruise period2007-10-31 — 2007-11-08
Port of departureScrabster, United Kingdom
Port of returnScrabster, United Kingdom

1. To undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of anglerfish (L. piscatorius, L. budegassa) in the North West of Scotland and West of Shetland sea areas.

2. To obtain temperature at depth profiles at each trawling station.


This was the third annual Anglerfish trawl survey, of a three-year project, undertaken to a set of protocols drawn up by an Industry / Science survey planning group which was made up of FRS scientists and Fishing Industry representatives.

Scientific staff travelled up to Thurso on the afternoon of Tuesday 30 October, where they remained overnight. FRS staff rendezvoused with MFV Seagull in Scrabster in the early hours of Wednesday the 31 October, where all scientific and survey equipment was loaded prior to sailing. Seagull eventually sailed from Scrabster at 1400 and headed for the first stations, located to the west of the Orkney Isles. Seagull arrived on-station at 2100 and the survey commenced, with trawling at 2130 on the 31 October. Seagull was then able to trawl on selected stations to the north and North West of Lewis up until 2000 on 2 November, when severe weather conditions forced us to abandon operations and dodge. The vessel continued to dodge through the night until 0600 the following morning, when an improvement in sea conditions allowed us to continue survey operations. Seagull progressed well through the survey design until the early hours of the 7 November when severe weather once again halted operations, for a period of 12 hours. Seagull resumed surveying when the weather allowed and continued up until the morning of the 8th, when the imminent arrival of hurricane force 11 winds forced Seagull , Scotia and the other vessels ( Genesis, Marigold ) participating in this survey, to head for port. Seagull berthed alongside Scrabster on the morning of the 8th. Scientific staff disembarked and all survey equipment was unloaded and returned to the east coast on the evening of the 8th.
Chief scientistCraig G Davis (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeMFV Seagull 1007H cruise programme 1007h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.08 MB) 
Cruise reportMFV Seagull 1007H cruise report 1007h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.07 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorth West of Scotland and the West of Shetland
Track chartsMFV Seagull 1007H cruise track — 1007htrk.pdf (0.06 MB)