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FRV Clupea 0108C

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Clupea (74CU)
Cruise identifier0108C
Cruise period2008-01-07 — 2008-01-21
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnFraserburgh, United Kingdom

1. Using underwater cameras, obtain estimates of the distribution and abundance of Nephrops, Nephrops burrows and other fauna in West Coast Sea Lochs and the Inner Sound area.

2. Collect sediment samples at each station.

3. Use trawl caught samples of Nephrops to examine biological features at different sites throughout the survey areas.

4. Record benthic fauna interactions with a baited creel whilst in-situ.

5. The TV survey will also be used to collect data on other benthic fauna.


Scientific staff joined FRV Clupea in the morning of 7 January 2008. The vessel sailed later that day arriving off Loch Torridon at 1500 on the 8 January. However, due to a very poor short range weather forecast, it was decided to head for Kyle. The vessel arrived at Kyle pier at 1800, and remained there throughout the 9 January as a westerly force 11 storm passed over.

On 10 January, 3 stations were completed in Loch Alsh, and a further 6 in Loch Duich before heading south through the Sound of Sleat. One drop frame survey was carried out in the Sound before arriving at Loch na Dal on the East side of Skye, opposite the entrance to Loch Nevis. Before anchoring there for the evening, the creel cam frame was deployed.

The following morning the creel cam was recovered, only to find that the battery and recorder housing had suffered extensive damage. Due to the concerns that this raised about the reliability of the one remaining housing, it was decided not to use the creel cam until tests were carried out and extra protection was added to the housing once back at the Marine Laboratory. Work in Loch Nevis began just before 1100 at the head of the loch. Traveling west towards the mouth of the loch, 10 TV stations were successfully completed and a further two stations were abandoned due to zero visibility caused by trawler activity.
Chief scientistAdrian Weetman (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise programmeFRV Clupea 0108C cruise programme 0108c.pdf — access key 'C' (0.03 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Clupea 0108C cruise report 0108c.pdf — access key 'C' (0.05 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificWest Coast Sea Lochs and the Inner Sound
Track chartsFRV Clupea 0108C cruise track — 0108ctrk.pdf (0.03 MB)