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Rambling Rose 1109H

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)Rambling Rose (74N4)
Cruise identifier1109H
Cruise period2009-05-12 — 2009-05-31
Port of departureOban, United Kingdom
Port of returnOban, United Kingdom

1. To scallop dredge at least 3 sub-sites immediately outside the Firth of Lorn SAC using a commercial charter vessel.

2. To collect sediment from predetermined areas for the purposes of particle size analysis.


The scientist joined Rambling Rose at Toberonochy Quay on 12 May. During the morning and early afternoon scientific equipment was loaded, the grabbing wire spooled onto a crane-mounted winch, and the day grab attached. Rambling Rose then steamed to Cullipool and the operation of the grab tested and adjusted on route. Grab sampling started the following day: 10 grab samples were taken from the Garvelachs on behalf of the Fishing Technology & Fish Behaviour group, along with samples taken from potential sites for the experiments. Over the course of the following days, Rambling Rose's activities were coordinated by Alba na Mara, which carried out a concurrent survey of potential experiment sites using digital imaging equipment (see Programme/Report 0809A). Once the experiment sites were established by Alba na Mara, Rambling Rose carried out a program of grab sampling of the sub-sites or scallop dredging of the impact sub-sites according to a pre-determined sampling protocol. The benthic samples were taken ashore each evening at the pontoon at Cullipool and transported to a secure dedicated store for later collection and subsequent analysis back at the Laboratory. Before dredging took place grab sampling of the first impact sub-site, and the adjacent control sub-site was carried out 14-16 May. Dredging of the first impact sub-site was carried out between 17 - 19 May, prior to the half landing on 20 May. Thereafter dredging of the other impact sub-sites took place on 21 - 22 May and 25 - 26 May; further grab sampling took place on 22 - 24, and 27 - 30 May. After the last samples were taken on Saturday 30 May Rambling Rose returned to Cullipool pontoon where light items of equipment were unloaded and the scientist disembarked in order to reach the mainland that day - there being no Sunday sailings of the Luing car ferry. Unloading of the large items of equipment and their transportation to the lockable storage facility was carried out on 31 May by the crew. Collection of the sampling equipment and benthic samples from the storage facility on Luing was carried out by the transport group on 4 June.
Chief scientistTrevor R W Howell (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeRambling Rose 1109H cruise programme 1109h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.03 MB) 
Cruise reportRambling Rose 1109H cruise report 1109h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.21 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificFirth of Lorn