Cruise inventory

FRV Scotia 0908S

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Scotia (748S)
Cruise identifier0908S
Cruise period2008-07-22 — 2008-07-30
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom

1. To undertake gear performance and instrumentation trials at 500, 1000, 1500 and 1800 m depths.

2. To undertake bagging trials to assess gear selectivity and sampling bias/catchability.

3. To source new trawl stations at 1500 and 1800 m depths in preparation for September survey.

4. To collect temperature at depth data using a data logger (from all tows).

5. To collect biological, otolith and genetic samples of fish and invertebrates (as required from all tows).


Scotia sailed at 07.00 hrs on 22 July. A problem with the radar meant that a technician had to be aboard the vessel for a few hours at sea. Once the problem was resolved, the technician was taken into Peterhead by the FRC. Upon retrieving the FRC, a hydraulic pipe on the main crane burst. Due to the inaccessible position of the pipe, it was necessary to make a temporary port call at Peterhead to replace the pipe. Scotia resumed sailing at 14.00 hrs and made passage to the western shelf area, arriving on station to begin fishing operations the following day at 15.00 hrs. Gear performance and selectivity trials were undertaken at 500, 1000, 1500, 1650, and 1800 m depths throughout daylight hours. New tows were sourced by sounding the grounds over night and if considered suitable by the fishing master they were trawled the following day. A mechanical problem was detected by the ship's engineers that meant that Scotia would have to go into the dry dock upon return to Aberdeen. To accommodate this Scotia would have to return a day earlier than scheduled. Scotia docked in Aberdeen the early morning of 30 July and was unloaded that day.
Chief scientistFrancis C Neat (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Scotia 0908S cruise programme 0908s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.02 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Scotia 0908S cruise report 0908s.pdf — access key 'C' (0.08 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificNorth Sea
Track chartsFRV Scotia 0908S cruise track — 0908strk.pdf (0.04 MB)