From 23 May to 18 June 2003 scientists of Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (PINRO) took part in the International Trawl-Acoustic Survey on redfish in the Irminger Sea. This area includes the northern most of the three special MAR-ECO areas along the northern mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Cruise leaders, scientists Dr. Andrey Pedchenko and Dr. Andrey Dolgov
The main goal of the research cruise of m/v “Smolensk” was to estimate pelagic redfish (Sebastes mentella) stock. Data on biology and oceanography were taken both within oceanic pelagic depth and adjacent waters along northern part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). This information was used to describe the status of the redfish population and its habitat.
The investigations under the MAR-ECO project were conducted during the main survey. The whole survey area can be considered as MAR-ECO area. The eastern trawls were located over Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the other trawls in adjacent waters.