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FRV Alba Na Mara 0609A

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Alba Na Mara (74NM)
Cruise identifier0609A
Cruise period2009-04-06 — 2009-04-15
Port of departureFraserburgh, United Kingdom
Port of returnUllapool, United Kingdom

1. To assess suitability of using baited underwater cameras (BUC) to estimate fish numbers in inshore areas.

2. To undertake trawling of adjacent areas for comparison with BUC estimates of fish numbers.


Alba na Mara sailed from Fraserburgh at 07.00 hrs on 10 April and arrived at Loch Ewe the following morning. Gale force winds prevented deployment of the BUC until 17.00 hrs when a successful trail deployment was made. Work resumed the next morning and continued uninterrupted by weather for the remainder of the cruise. BUC deployments and trawls were made throughout daylight hours in an area at the mouth of the loch and to the south-west. Alba na Mara worked in close contact with a local vessel chartered by the laboratory to deploy fish traps in the same area. On two occasions, the charter vessel brought live cod and saithe captured in the fish traps to Alba na Mara for tagging. The vessel docked in Ullapool on the evening of 14 April. The following morning Alba na Mara was unloaded with gear and staff transported back to Aberdeen.
Chief scientistFrancis C Neat (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeFRV Alba Na Mara 0609A cruise programme 0609a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.02 MB)  FRV Alba Na Mara 0609A cruise programme 0609a1.pdf — access key 'C' (0.02 MB) 
Cruise reportFRV Alba Na Mara 0609A cruise report 0609a.pdf — access key 'C' (0.20 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificLoch Ewe
Track chartsFRV Alba Na Mara 0609A cruise track — 0609atrk.pdf (0.18 MB)