FRV Scotia 0707S
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||FRV Scotia (748S)|
|Cruise period||2007-05-19 — 2007-05-26|
|Port of departure||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
1. To test the BT137 standard survey trawl rigged with ground gear B for possible fish escapes under the bobbin sections of the ground gear using 3 colleting bags attached to the trawls fishing line. As a comparison a standard GOV trawl without collecting bags will be fished as a control.
2. To measure the load on the fishing line and headline with the adjuster chains set at 1.70, 1.95 and 2.2 metres.
Scotia sailed from Aberdeen at 0600 Saturday the 19 of May and headed for the Montrose Bank, on arrival both trawls were deployed as a shake down exercise.
With winds gusting to 45kts and a decent swell getting up fishing operations were cancelled and Scotia made passage overnight to the more sheltered waters of the Moray Firth. Fishing commenced at 0700 20 May with 5 collection bag hauls and 1 load cell haul being completed, as the catches of target species were disappointing the decision was taken to head further north. Scotia made passage overnight to the west side of Shetland (Scalloway Deeps) where fishing recommenced at 0715 21 May.
Fishing continued for the next 4 days with a maximum of 7 hauls a day being completed prior to Scotia setting sail for Aberdeen at 1300 25 May and docking at 0630 26 May.
|Chief scientist||Kevin J Peach (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
|Cruise report||(0.02 MB)|
North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
|Specific||Montrose Bank, Moray Firth, west of Shetland (Scalloway Deeps)|