Marine Scotland

Demersal Trawling Survey in North Sea

January 27, 2020 by No Comments | Category Marine Scotland general, Marine Scotland Science, Research Vessel Surveys, Uncategorized

MRV Scotia Programme
: 0220S
Duration: 24 January – 13 February 2020
Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear A & B; MIK Net (Round Frame with IK depressor); MIKeyM net (attached onto the MIK net on selected stations)


1. To complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV.
2. To undertake MIK sampling for pre-metamorphosed herring and sprat larvae during the hours of darkness within the trawl survey area. MIKeyM samples will also be collected from the MIK deployments.
3. To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station using a SEABIRD 19+ CTD.
4. To collect samples of surface and near seabed water for nutrient analysis (nitrates, silicates and phosphates).
5. To collect additional biological data in connection with the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF).
6. To collect electronic monitoring footage of selected species of known length on the conveyor belt.


Hauls of 30 minutes duration will be made using the GOV trawl. Wherever possible, fishing will be carried out during daylight hours as defined below:

Daylight period – GMT
South of 57 30’N North of 57 30’N
24-31 January 0747 – 1635 0815 – 1545
1-10 February 0729 – 1658 0749 – 1636
11-13 February 0708 – 1720 0723 -1705

For each degree of longitude west, four minutes will be added to the time; for each degree of longitude east, four minutes will be subtracted.

The survey area is outlined in the attached chart (see Figure 1) but the exact fishing position will be decided in collaboration with the fishing master. The Scanmar system will be used throughout the survey to monitor headline height, wing spread, door spread and distance covered during each haul. A bottom contact sensor (BCS) will be attached to the ground-gear and the data collected will be downloaded after each haul.

Catches will be processed as per the most recent version of the IBTS sampling manual (ICES SISP 10 –IBTS IX) with additional biological data collected for species as determined.

MIK Sampling

Pre-metamorphosed herring larvae will be sampled during the hours of darkness with the MIK mid-water trawl (Round frame). A minimum of two double oblique tows is planned for every square within the assigned survey area. The vertical profile of the tow will be monitored using the Scanmar system. During this survey the small 20 mm round frame net (MIKeyM net) will also be deployed on all MIK stations for the purpose of collecting pelagic fish eggs from the survey area.


Surface and bottom temperatures and salinities will be taken at all trawl stations.

Figure 1: Scottish survey area for 0220S. Dashed line at 57.5 degrees north indicates dividing line between groundgear types (A south of line, B north of line).

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