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RV Cefas Endeavour 15/08

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RV Cefas Endeavour (74E9)
Cruise identifier15/08
Cruise period2008-08-05 — 2008-09-07
Port of departureLowestoft, United Kingdom
Port of returnLowestoft, United Kingdom

1. To carry out a groundfish survey of the North Sea as part of the ICES coordinated IBTS, using a standard GOV trawl in order to obtain information on:
a) Distribution, size composition and abundance of all fish species caught.
b) Age - length distribution of selected species.
c) Distribution of fish in relation to their environment.
d) Distribution of macrobenthos and anthropogenic debris.
e) Surface and bottom temperature and salinity data using SAIV miniCTD.
f) Length weight & maturity information using individual fish measurements, in support of the EU Data Regulation.
2. Carry out water sampling for Caesium/Tritium for an internal Cefas contract (SLA21).
3. Collect pipefish samples for Benjamin Kurten, University of Newcastle
4. To recover the Lander at Oyster Grounds and Sean Gas Field sites.
5. To deploy in-situ flume at Oyster Grounds, Sean Gas Field and North Dogger site
6. To collect sediment process measurements at Oyster Grounds, Sean Gas Field and North Dogger
7. To collect net hauled zooplankton samples
8. To collect water samples via CTD rosette at various sites


RV Cefas ENDEAVOUR sailed from Lowestoft at 1300h 5 August. Onboard, together with the normal compliment of 7 Cefas staff for the fisheries work, were 2 students from Exeter University, 5 scientists carrying out environmental aims and Remment ter Hofstede, chair of the IBTS Working Group, joining us as an observer. Before work on the primary stations commenced, a 'shakedown' tow was carried out to allow for the deployment of the gear, to check that all sensors were working correctly and to allow scientists and crew to familiarise themselves with their particular work areas. A standard station consisted of a cast with a CTD and a 10-litre Niskin bottle, followed by a 30-minute tow with the standard IBTS rigged GOV, with a miniCTD attached. On every station fisheries acoustic data were continuously collected a
Chief scientistBrian F M Harley (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory)
Cruise programmeRV Cefas Endeavour 15/08 cruise programme endeavour15_08.pdf — access key 'C' (0.01 MB) 
Cruise reportRV Cefas Endeavour 15/08 cruise report endeavour15_08.pdf — access key 'C' (0.66 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorth Sea
Track chartsRV Cefas Endeavour 15/08 cruise track — endeavour15_08trk.pdf (0.03 MB)