Cruise summary report
|Ship name (ship code)||Shaunette (74N2)|
|Cruise period||2009-02-10 — 2009-02-18|
|Port of departure||Stromness, United Kingdom|
|Port of return||Stromness, United Kingdom|
1. To increase the knowledge of the offshore and inshore crab stocks to the North of Scotland.
2. To tag Brown Crab, of a range of sizes, from inshore waters to the north of Scotland for investigations of their movements. Tagging will involve using both high visibility double t-bar tags that are retained on moulting and 'cable-tie' type tags, which will be attached to the claws of some of the animals.
3. To biologically sample all tagged crabs for carapace width, shell condition, sex and reproductive state (of females) and record date, time and latitude, longitude, and depth of the return location.
All gear and scientific equipment was loaded onto the vessel in Pierowall, Westray on the morning of Monday 16 February. The vessel departed and made passage to inshore fishing grounds to the north/west of Westray, where it hauled 8 strings of 60-80 creels. The vessel returned to Pierowall that night. On the morning of Tuesday 17 February, the vessel departed Pierowall and made passage to grounds approx 20 miles to the north east of Westray. The vessel hauled 5 strings of 60-80 creels. The vessel then steamed approx 30 miles west and hauled a further 3 strings of 60-80 creels. Due to breakages of the tagging needles, tagging had to be suspended and the vessel returned to Pierowall that evening. All gear and scientific equipment was unloaded in Pierowall, Westray on the evening of Tuesday 17 February.
|Chief scientist||Gareth Jones (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
|Cruise programme||(0.02 MB)|
|Cruise report||(0.10 MB)|
|General||North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)|
|Specific||West of Orkney, North/West of Hoy, North/West of Westray|
|Track charts||(0.09 MB)|