Marine Scotland

MRV Alba na Mara; Survey 1014A – East Coast Scallop Survey 2014

June 19, 2014 by No Comments | Category Marine Scotland general, Marine Scotland Science, Research Vessel Surveys

The East Coast Scallop Survey for 2014 is well underway, having set sail on the 6th of June.

Overview of survey:

Scallop dredge hauls will be made at sites used on previous surveys and other known commercial grounds as shown below.  Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration.  From each haul, all of the scallops will be measured to the half centimeter below and aged.  Numbers and size distribution of commercial fish and shellfish species will be recorded along with scallop shell damage and starfish numbers and species.  From selected sites, scallop ring measurements shall be taken along with scallop meat weight information.  In addition to this, tissue samples will be collected from selected sites and frozen for toxin analysis back at the laboratory.

Duration: 6-24 June 2014
Personnel: 4
Gear: Scallop dredges

Objectives:

  1.  To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the East Coast.
  2.  To assess shell damage on all scallops caught.
  3.  To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species.
  4.  To identify and quantify numbers of starfish species in all dredge tows.
  5.  To collect data on scallop ring measurements.
  6.  To collect scallop meat weight biological data.
  7.  To collect flesh samples for toxin analysis back at the laboratory.
 
Alba 1014A Map - East Coast Scallop Survey 2014

Alba 1014A Map - East Coast Scallop Survey 2014


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