Type Oceanographic cruise
Set This cruise is part of the set PELGAS
Ship Thalassa
Ship owner Ifremer
Dates 26/04/2010 - 04/06/2010
Chief scientist(s) MASSE Jacques


Centre Ifremer de Nantes

Rue de l'Ile d'Yeu

BP 2105

44311 Nantes Cedex 3

+33 (0)2 40 37 41 67

DOI 10.17600/10040040
Objective Assessing anchovy and sardine biomasses in the Bay of Biscay using acoustics and associated pelagic trawl hauls, including with ME70 multibeam echosounder. Characterization of the hydro-biological environment of habitats. Identifying and counting higher-order predators. This cruise is related to the HIS-Resources and sustainability and dynamics of fished populations of Ifremer's PG programme P6 on the Ecosystem approach to fisheries. Monitoring fished populations fulfils the requirements of European Union regulations for the collection and management of data needed to conduct the Common Fisheries policy (DCF) which financed 50% of the cruise cost.

Published data

Petitgas Pierre, D'Elbée Jean, Pennors Laurence, Bourriau Paul (2021). Stomach contents of small pelagic fishes in the Bay of Biscay.

Data managed by SISMER



Gatti Paul, Petitgas Pierre, Huret MartinORCID (2017). Comparing biological traits of anchovy and sardine in the Bay of Biscay: A modelling approach with the Dynamic Energy Budget. Ecological Modelling, 348, 93-109.

Ruffine LivioORCID, Donval Jean-Pierre, Croguennec Claire, Bignon Laurent, Birot Dominique, Battani Anne, Bayon Germain, Caprais Jean-Claude, Lanteri Nadine, Levache Denis, Dupre StephanieORCID (2017). Gas Seepage along the Edge of the Aquitaine Shelf (France): Origin and Local Fluxes. Geofluids, 2017(4240818), 1-13. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Masse Jacques, Sanchez FlorenceORCID, Delaunay Damien, Robert J. M., Petitgas Pierre (2016). A partnership between science and industry for a monitoring of anchovy & sardine in the Bay of Biscay: When fishermen are actors of science. Fisheries Research, 178, 26-38. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Petitgas Pierre, Woillez MathieuORCID, Doray MathieuORCID, Rivoirard Jacques (2016). A Geostatistical Definition of Hotspots for Fish Spatial Distributions. Mathematical Geosciences, 48(1), 65-77. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Chaalali Aurelie, Saint-Beat Blanche, Lassalle Geraldine, Le Loc'h Francois, Tecchio Samuele, Safi Georges, Savenkoff Claude, Lobry Jeremy, Niquil Nathalie (2015). A new modeling approach to define marine ecosystems food-web status with uncertainty assessment. Progress In Oceanography, 135, 37-47.

Chouvelon Tiphaine, Violamer L., Dessier Aurelie, Bustamante Paco, Mornet Francoise, Pignon-Mussaud Cecilia, Dupuy Christine (2015). Small pelagic fish feeding patterns in relation to food resource variability: an isotopic investigation for Sardina pilchardus and Engraulis encrasicolus from the Bay of Biscay (north-east Atlantic). Marine Biology, 162(1), 15-37. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Petitgas Pierre, Doray MathieuORCID, Huret MartinORCID, Masse Jacques, Woillez MathieuORCID (2014). Modelling the variability in fish spatial distributions over time with empirical orthogonal functions: anchovy in the Bay of Biscay. Ices Journal Of Marine Science, 71(9), 2379-2389. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Dupre StephanieORCID, Berger LaurentORCID, Le Bouffant Naig, Scalabrin CarlaORCID, Bourillet Jean-FrancoisORCID (2014). Fluid emissions at the Aquitaine Shelf (Bay of Biscay, France): A biogenic origin or the expression of hydrocarbon leakage? Continental Shelf Research, 88, 24-33. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Chouvelon Tiphaine, Chappuis A., Bustamante Paco, Lefebvre Sebastien, Mornet Francoise, Guillou G., Violamer L., Dupuy Christine (2014). Trophic ecology of European sardine Sardina pilchardus and European anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus in the Bay of Biscay (north-east Atlantic) inferred from delta C-13 and delta N-15 values of fish and identified mesozooplanktonic organisms. Journal Of Sea Research, 85, 277-291. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Vandromme Pierre, Nogueira Enrique, Huret MartinORCID, Lopez-Urrutia Angel, Gonzalez-Nuevo Gonzalez G., Sourisseau Marc, Petitgas Pierre (2014). Springtime zooplankton size structure over the continental shelf of the Bay of Biscay. Ocean Science, 10(5), 821-835. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Trenkel VerenaORCID, Berger LaurentORCID (2013). A fisheries acoustic multi-frequency indicator to inform on large scale spatial patterns of aquatic pelagic ecosystems. Ecological Indicators, 30, 72-79. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Chouvelon Tiphaine, Spitz Jerome, Caurant Florence, Mendez-Fernandez P., Chappuis A., Laugier Flora, Le Goff E., Bustamante Paco (2012). Revisiting the use of delta N-15 in meso-scale studies of marine food webs by considering spatio-temporal variations in stable isotopic signatures - The case of an open ecosystem: The Bay of Biscay (North-East Atlantic). Progress In Oceanography, 101(1), 92-105.

Petitgas Pierre, Doray MathieuORCID, Masse Jacques, Grellier Patrick (2011). Spatially explicit estimation of fish length histograms, with application to anchovy habitats in the Bay of Biscay. Ices Journal Of Marine Science, 68(10), 2086-2095. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

References of Technical Reports

Peyrafort Manon (2015). Variations spatio-temporelles de la croissance de la sardine dans le golfe de Gascogne à partir de la série de données PELGAS (2000-2015).

Doray MathieuORCID, Badts VincentORCID, Huret MartinORCID, Duhamel Erwan, Doremus Ghislain, Masse Jacques, Petitgas Pierre (2015). Guide du chef de mission de la campagne PELGAS.

Despois Emilie (2014). Analyse et comparaison de la distribution démographique de l’anchois et de la sardine du golfe de Gascogne basées sur des campagnes océanographiques automnales et printanières.

Delaunay Damien, Masse Jacques, Sanchez FlorenceORCID, Grellier Patrick, Soulet Estelle, Robert Jean-Marie (2014). Étude Pilote de campagnes "sentinelles" anchois-sardine dans le golfe de Gascogne. Campagnes sentinelles et accompagnements du N/O Thalassa par des professionnels de la pêche (campagnes PELGAS) 2009-2010-2011.

Doray MathieuORCID, Badts VincentORCID, Masse Jacques, Duhamel Erwan, Huret MartinORCID, Doremus Ghislain, Petitgas Pierre (2014). Manual of fisheries survey protocols. PELGAS surveys (PELagiques GAScogne). RBE/EMH 2014-01.

Depestele Jochen, Rochet Marie-Joelle (2014). Quantifying food subsidies to the benthos due to discards. Task 4.4 Report on the quantification of discard flow to the seabed, relative to natural food sources. BENTHIS - Deliverable 4.5.

Petitgas Pierre, Duhamel Erwan, Doray MathieuORCID (2013). Coherence between Egg (BIOMAN) and Acoustic (PELGAS) survey estimates (Bay of Biscay anchovy). Working Document. ICES/ CIEM. WGHANSA, 21-28 June 2013.

ICES (2013). Report of the Working Group on Fisheries Acoustics Science and Technology (WGFAST), 16-19 April 2013 San Sebastian, Spain. ICES CM 2013/SSGESST:09.

Thesis using campaign data

Chouvelon Tiphaine (2011). Structure et fonctionnement des réseaux trophiques par l'utilisation de traceurs écologiques (isotopes stables, métaux) en environnement marin ouvert : le cas du Golfe de Gascogne. PhD Thesis, Université de La Rochelle.