1980/81 V5 details

General information


Cruise Name

FIBEX - First International BIOMASS Experiment

Voyage Classification

Marine Science


MS Nella Dan

©AAD, Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 1965
Catalogue id
Voyage 2
Law, Phillip Garth (Phil)


Voyage Leader

Knowles Ronald Kerry

Deputy Voyage Leader

Ian Frederick Allison


BIOMASS - Biological Investigations of Marine Antarctic Systems and Stocks.
Went to Casey at end of voyage to pick up an expeditioner who injured his back

Voyage Reports

No reports known - if you know of any, please contact the Data Centre and we can add them.


Melbourne  9-Jan-1981  Davis  26-Jan-1981 
Davis  28-Jan-1981  Mawson  3-Feb-1981 
Mawson  10-Feb-1981  Mawson  11-Feb-1981 
Mawson  12-Feb-1981  Davis  27-Feb-1981 
Davis  28-Feb-1981  Mawson  8-Mar-1981 
Mawson  8-Mar-1981  Casey  18-Mar-1981 
Casey  18-Mar-1981  Hobart  26-Mar-1981 
Hobart  26-Mar-1981  Melbourne  28-Mar-1981 

See also List of sitreps - not guaranteed to work as voyage naming conventions are not consistent.

See the 1980/81 Voyage Schedule for other voyages for this season.

Voyage track

Spatial bounds of voyage

Voyage Track map from the Marine Underway database, averaged every 15 minutes

Voyage Data and Activities

Biological Collections

List of collections of species data collected on this voyage. Some collections are voyage specific or might be from a wider set of observations or samples.

Collection NameObservation countLink to data search form
Electron Micrographs - Marine 188 Search
Historic krill sampling 50 Search
Pelagic Fish Observations 1968-1999 1642 Search
RMT Trawl catch from the 1980/81 V5 FIBEX voyage 2685 Search
Seabirds of the Southern and South Indian Ocean 1997 Search

Voyage activities

CTD Bottle Data Nutrient data collected at 14 of the 51 hydrographic stations. Stations selected on the basis of interpretation of phytoplankton distribution and abundance. - Link to data at CTD Bottle Data

For data quality, methods used etc., see FIBEX_ocean - Nella Dan: FIBEX Cruise - Oceanographic and nutrient data at GCMD

Publications:- Humphries, S.E. (1987) FIBEX cruise to the Prydz Bay region, 1981: nutrient data. ANARE Research Notes 43 53 pp. (View)
CTD Cast Data 52 CTD casts. - Link to data at CTD Cast Data

For data quality, methods used etc., see FIBEX_ocean - Nella Dan: FIBEX Cruise - Oceanographic and nutrient data at GCMD
Fish catch - Link to data at Fish catch
Underway Data & Voyage Tracks 8067 positions recorded. - Link to data at Underway Data & Voyage Tracks

Data from 19-Jan-1981 13:00 UT to 25-Mar-1981 14:00 UT

For data quality, methods used etc., see 198081050 - MS Nella Dan Voyage V5 1980/81 (FIBEX) Track and Underway Data at GCMD
Wildlife at Sea observations Observed 36 species from 2085 observations. See Species and observation count - Link to data at Wildlife at Sea observations

Observers: Jenny Bassett, Paul Ensor

Data from 9-Jan-1981 00:00 UT to 25-Mar-1981 00:00 UT

For data quality, methods used etc., see DB_WOV *** at GCMD


Science Projects

Note - this page lists projects where there has been some requirements logged. This may include requests that are not directly associated with any science performed on the ship.

No Australian Antarctic Science Projects for voyage. See Current and Previous Projects for details on other projects.