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dc.contributor.authorO’Malley, M.
dc.contributor.authorSmith, T.
dc.contributor.authorMullins, E.
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-19T14:44:38Z
dc.date.available2020-02-19T14:44:38Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationO’Malley, M., Smith, T., & Mullins, E. (2020). Atlantic Herring in 6aS/7b, Industry Acoustic Survey Cruise Report. FEAS Survey Series: Industry Acoustic Survey/01/2019. Marine Instituteen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10793/1498
dc.description.abstractAn acoustic survey of Atlantic herring Clupea harengus was conducted in ICES areas 6aS/7b in Dec 2019 using the research vessel RV Celtic Voyager and the fishing vessel MFV Ros Ard SO745. This survey is the fourth in a time series that is hoped will be developed into a long-term index of spawning/pre-spawning herring in 6aS/7b. The survey design is based on the predicted distribution of this winter spawning herring in this area. Poor weather negatively impacted the survey in 2019, resulting in fewer transect miles completed and fewer strata areas covered than planned. In total, approximately 600nmi of cruise track was completed using 96 transects. This resulted in a total area coverage of approximately 606 nmi², a significant reduction compared to recent years. Parallel transect spacing was set at 3.5nmi for the Donegal Bay strata. Tightly spaced zig-zag transects were used in a relatively small area in Lough Swilly. A Simrad ES-120 7CD (120 kHz) split-beam echosounder was used to collect acoustic raw data. The transducer was mounted on a towed body from the Celtic Voyager in Donegal Bay and was pole mounted from the Ros Ard in Lough Swilly. Very strong herring marks were evident in Lough Swilly in deepest part of the channel. The herring marks continued for many miles in the upper Swilly, an area where boats in the monitoring fishery had also concentrated effort. There were some herring marks in discreet areas around Drumanoo Head, Bruckless Bay and Inver Bay in the Donegal Bay Strata. Biological samples from the monitoring fishery of herring were used to augment the samples from the survey. Herring samples were taken from boats fishing in Lough Swilly and Inver Bay as close spatially and temporally as possible to the survey in these areas. Herring were dominated overall by 1- and 2-wr fish, (52% of the overall numbers) followed by relatively strong 3- and 5-wr cohorts. The total stock biomass (TSB) estimate of herring for the combined 6aS/7b area was 25,289 tonnes (Lough Swilly = 19,697 tonnes, Donegal Bay = 5,591 tonnes). This is considered to be a minimum estimate of herring in the 6aS/7b survey area at the time of the survey, and a significant decrease on the previous 3 years surveys. The reduction in the survey area completed as a consequence of the poor weather resulted in the survey not containing the stock in 2019. However, the overall CV estimate on biomass and abundance for the survey area completed is low (~0.17) in 2019. This is driven by the improved survey design in Lough Swilly, with reduced transect spacing and increased transect miles in this strata. The CV for the Donegal Bay strata is relatively high (0.63), this is mostly caused by the over-reliance on a few acoustic marks of herring in Bruckless and Inver Bays in particular and many transects with little or no herring marks. The survey in 2019 had to be altered due to weather, requiring a change in design and approach. However, the template of focusing on discreet areas was generally successful and may provide a template for future designs, particularly when reduced effort is necessary during poor weather or resource limits.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMarine Instituteen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFeas Survey Series;Industry Acoustic Survey/01/2019
dc.subjectFEAS Survey Seriesen_US
dc.subjectAcoustic Surveyen_US
dc.subjectAtlantic Herringen_US
dc.subjectClupea harengusen_US
dc.subjectEK60en_US
dc.subjectLough Swillyen_US
dc.subjectInver Bayen_US
dc.subjectBruckless Bayen_US
dc.titleAtlantic Herring in 6aS/7b, Industry Acoustic Survey Cruise Reporten_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-02-19T14:44:39Z


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