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RV Aora 1209H

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Ship name (ship code)RV Aora (74WJ)
Cruise identifier1209H
Cruise period2009-07-01 — 2009-07-10
Port of departureMillport, United Kingdom
Port of returnMillport, United Kingdom

1. Establish baseline data on the scallop populations in the Lamlash Bay area. In September 2008 part of Lamlash Bay, Arran, became a community marine reserve and is now a no take zone (NTZ), the purpose of which is to help protect and enhance biodiversity. In addition to the enhanced biodiversity, there is also an expectation that the no take zone will result in the scallop stocks being enhanced. The survey will collect baseline data on the scallop populations in and around the NTZ and will collect further information relating to other epibenthic species. SNH also propose to site a fixed UW camera within the NTZ and it is hoped that this survey will help to indentify a suitable site.


Scientists joined RV Aora at 1200 (all times GMT) on Wednesday 1 July at the University Biological Marine Station, Millport. After setting up camera equipment on the vessel, RV Aora weighed anchor at midday the following day and made for Arran. An initial trial of the survey equipment was carried out on site at Lamlash Bay on the evening of Thursday 2 July. RV Aora then returned to Millport on the morning of 3 July where C Hall disembarked, as scheduled. Passage was again made for Arran the next day where the survey was resumed. The remaining days of the cruise were spent surveying each of the three designated sites in and around Lamlash Bay using a digital stills camera in conjunction with the pyramid drop frame. RV Aora made two unscheduled returns to Millport during this period, on the evening of 5 July and again on the evening of 8 July, in order to make alterations to the umbilical cable. Return passage was made for Millport at 1600 on Thursday 9 July where vessel was unloaded the next day.
Chief scientistPhilip Boulcott (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise programmeRV Aora 1209H cruise programme 1209h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.03 MB) 
Cruise reportRV Aora 1209H cruise report 1209h.pdf — access key 'C' (0.11 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralInner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland
SpecificLamlash Bay, Firth of Clyde
Track chartsRV Aora 1209H cruise track — 1209htrk.pdf (0.10 MB)