Marine Scotland

  • Keeping track at Armadale: Update one from the tracking project

    21st July 2017 by

    You might remember that at the beginning of July, we told you about a new salmon tracking project that was happening in the north of Scotland. Tagging started on 7 July and by 14th July,  we had tagged 36 grilse. tagging will continue in to Autumn-time and we will keep you updated with progress. Further Information Information...

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  • STEM Students becoming Careerwise

    19th July 2017 by

    Always keen to invest in new talent, and promote women in science, Marine Scotland has taken on two students for two twelve-week placements under Equate Scotland’s Careerwise scheme.  Careerwise is a partnership between industry and academia to: encourage the participation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas; increase awareness of STEM occupations...

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  • Exercise SAXON WARRIOR 17: 1 and 10 August 2017

    19th July 2017 by

    Exercise SAXON WARRIOR 17 (SW17) will take place between 1 and 10 August 2017, delivered by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) from Faslane. The coordination of the administration and safety will be arranged in a similar way to a JOINT WARRIOR exercise. SW17 is a programme of exercises conducted across the UK by...

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  • IA2017 – Benthic habitats affected by bottom fisheries

    17th July 2017 by

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    OSPAR is committed to protecting and conserving ecosystems and biodiversity through the management of human activities and is guided by an ecosystem-based approach. Benthic habitats play a key role in marine ecosystems because marine species rely directly or indirectly on the seafloor to feed, hide, rest or reproduce. The last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR...

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  • Scallop Dredging and Octopus Spotting

    14th July 2017 by

    Dredges of rocks and scallops

    Last month our Ships Co-ordinator joined the Alba na Mara for a day to observe colleagues during the East Coast Scallop Dredging Survey 0917A. The aim of this visit was to get a better understanding of the scallop dredging process, the equipment and techniques used, and the challenges associated with this sampling method. The feedback...

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  • Recent updates to NMPi

    12th July 2017 by

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    Some of you may be aware of Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi (National Marine Plan interactive), Marine Scotland’s key tool for sharing data with stakeholders. It continues the innovation started by Scotland’s Marine Atlas and its follow up e-publication. It’s an online, interactive GIS-based tool allowing you to view different types of information, as map layers, at...

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  • IA2017 – Marine birds in trouble

    10th July 2017 by

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    Marine birds are valuable indicators of ecosystem condition. OSPAR assesses the abundance and breeding success of marine birds. In the Norwegian Arctic, the Greater North Sea and the Celtic Seas, there has been a considerable (>20%) drop in abundance compared to the levels observed 25 years ago, for more than a quarter of the marine...

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  • Can you help us keep track?

    6th July 2017 by

    Smolt tag

    Marine Scotland is tracking salmon from  uly 2017 and would like your help! Atlantic salmon can migrate thousands of miles –  from home rivers to high seas feeding grounds, and back to spawn – but how they find their home river remains a mystery. A number of historic tagging studies have shown that fish captured in...

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  • IA2017 – The network of OSPAR Marine Protected Areas is expanding

    3rd July 2017 by

    Considerable progress has been made in developing OSPAR’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. Since the last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR 2010), a further 289 MPAs have been added to the network, bringing the total number to 448. MPAs now cover 5.9% of the OSPAR Maritime Area compared with a total coverage of only 1.1%...

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  • OSPAR’s IA2017 – What is it?

    30th June 2017 by

    Intermediate Assessment 2017

    The OSPAR Intermediate Assessment 2017 (or IA2017K) is an assessment of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic and its current status. It’s not the first time they’ve done this – its previous holistic assessment, the QSR 2010, was a culmination of ten years of joint assessment and monitoring by OSPAR Contracting Parties and seven years on, with...

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