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MFV Seagull 0308H

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)MFV Seagull (74UG)
Cruise identifier0308H
Cruise period2008-04-16 — 2008-04-26
Port of departureKinlochbervie, United Kingdom
Port of returnKinlochbervie, United Kingdom

1. To undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of anglerfish on the western continental shelf/slope using the BT195 monktrawl.

2. To obtain a temperature profile at each trawling station.

3. To obtain catch weights and length frequency data for both megrim (L. whiffiagonis) and four spot megrim (L. boscii). In addition, Norway lobster (N. norvegicus) numbers and weights were also recorded on selected hauls.


The Seagull arrived in Kinlochbervie mid morning on the 16 April and proceeded to offload the catch from the previous fishing trip as well as her own fishing gear in readiness for the forthcoming charter. The survey net (BT195) and associated gear had arrived first thing and were already on the pier awaiting the vessels arrival. FRS personnel arrived at midday and commenced loading of the scientific equipment. All scientific gear was loaded onto the vessel by early evening. Seagull departed Kinlochbervie at 2030 on the 16 April and proceeded across the Minch with a following moderate easterly wind to the first station, 10nm NNE of the Butt of Lewis. Seagull arrived at around midnight and proceeded to shoot the gear at a depth of around 100m. The tow was successful and although no anglerfish were found, the net, all Scanmar sensors and the bottom contact sensor performed well throughout the tow. Seagull then headed 30nm ESE to the second station, the vessel slowing during the passage to allow a 6-hour break to be taken. Seagull arrived on station at 1000 on the 17 April and proceeded to shoot away the gear at a depth of approx. 90m. The gear and sensors generally performed well although the wing sensor readings were intermittent throughout the tow. Again, no anglers were found in the catch. Unfortunately, the vessel managed to hook a door round one end of a leader line from the crabber, Heather K who was working in the area. During the tow, there was no evidence of any static gea
Chief scientistFinlay Burns (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Coordinating bodyFRS
Cruise programmeMFV Seagull 0308H cruise programme 0308h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.05 MB) 
Cruise reportMFV Seagull 0308H cruise report 0308h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.19 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
SpecificNorth East Atlantic, off the West coast of Scotland
Track chartsMFV Seagull 0308H cruise track — 0308htrk.pdf (0.05 MB)