FRV Scotia 1308S_1
Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||FRV Scotia (748S)|
|Cruise period||2008-10-21 — 2008-10-28|
|Port of departure||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
1. To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling in support of the ICON (Integrated Chemical and Biological Effects) Programme
After all gear was loaded and secured, Scotia sailed on 21 October. Over the next eight days, at each of the five sampling areas, sediments were sampled from five locations within each area for various chemical analyses. At several sites, it was necessary to travel some distance from the target areas in order to get sufficiently soft sediments to meet the objective. This had been anticipated. Weather dictated much of the fishing at Eigersund Bank with some long periods of downtime waiting for a break in the weather. The first trawl on top of the bank was unsuccessful and damaged the gear. Moving some 20 miles south of the target fishing positions proved successful, with over 250 dab caught in a single trawl. Fishing for haddock was slower with as few as a dozen fish in some hauls. Five hauls were required to catch sufficient haddock to complete the science programme.
Scotia returned to Aberdeen on 28 October to allow for the transfer of scientific equipment and staff participating in 1308S, Part 2.
|Chief scientist||Matt Gubbins (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
|Cruise programme||(0.08 MB)|
|Cruise report||(0.08 MB)|
|Specific||Firth of Forth, Ekofisk, Eigersundbank, Dogger Bank, German Bight|
|Track charts||(0.07 MB)|