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Data set name

Near Westerly Groundfish Surveys (1988-)

Data holding centreCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1988 onwards (September each year, but also March from 1993)
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Fixed station grids covering the north east Irish Sea and Bristol Channel. Extended to include Celtic Sea and rest of Irish Sea in 1993.

Observations 
Parameters

Fish morphology, age and physiology; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Fish taxonomy-related counts; Fish and shellfish catch statistics; Fishery characterisation; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts

Instruments

Pelagic trawl nets; benthos samplers; salinity sensor

Description 
Summary

Initially surveys were limited to the known major nursery grounds in September in the north east Irish Sea and Bristol Channel to assess the relative abundance of pre-recruit plaice and sole. In 1993 the September survey area was extended to cover the rest of the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea to provide additional biological information of flatfish populations. A new survey in March was introduced at the same time to provide similar biological data. Data are collected on other fish and commercial shell fisheries.

OriginatorsCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Data web sitehttp://www.cefas.co.uk/
Availability 
OrganisationCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
AvailabilityLicence
ContactContracts Office, CEFAS, Lowestoft
Address

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR33 OHT
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1621 562244
Facsimile+44 (0)1502 513865
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1029062
Global identifier441
Last revised2009-05-22