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1. Introduction

Survey objectives.

The general objectives for the whole survey programme are described in the report of the planning meeting held in Trinidad, 12 -14 January, 1988 and summarized in the Preliminary Report of Cruise No I, Part 1.

In the following the objectives for Survey II are further clarified and amended on the basis of experience from Survey I and submissions from and discussions with representatives from the participating countries.

SURINAME

The special considerations submitted for the first survey are still valid: to give attention in the inshore survey to the areas off the mouths of the large rivers and in the mid - and offshore surveys to the central snapper ground 30 - 40m and the snapper ground near the edge at 80 - 100m.

The offshore snappers were well sampled in Survey I, appearing in most hauls in this area, whereas the central snapper ground was less well described with a few catches in the central part west of Paramaribo only. Sampling for the offshore snappers can probably be reduced to some 10 stations spread out along the shelf edge. Sampling of the inner snapper grounds should be somewhat improved. Some testing for shrimp at mid shelf 25 -35m at night should be added.

GUYANA

Attempts should be made to obtain samples of the most important species of shrimp from the shrimp grounds fished by the fleet. Shrimp fishing should now have picked up as compared with the first survey. The small sized shrimp Nematopalaemon schmitti, white belly prawn and Xiphopaeneus kroyeri, seabob are both commercial in Guyana. Otherwise the programme should be repeated with survey effort allocated on both the inshore and the offshore assemblage of finfish.

VENEZUELA - Orinoco

Observations on shrimps and shrimp by-catch especially with reference to the Sciaenid-, Lutjanid-, and Scombrid species should have continued emphasis. Some tests in the slope should be made if bottom conditions permit.

Participation.

The following participated from the region:

Suriname: J.A. Emanuels, Yolanda Echteld
Guyana: Terrence Phillips, Maurice Phillips
Venezuela: Diana Zaera
From FAO:
Alvaro Abella
The scientific staff from IMR was:
G. Saetersdal, H. Ullebust, M. Dahl and H. Vorren.
Due to unforeseen problems with the vessels maintenance in the repair yard in Curacao the start of survey II unfortunately had to be postponed by about two weeks. By prolonging the cruise time only 4-5 days will be lost as compared with the original plan.


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