Life on a research vessel – sampling on the MRV Scotia in the Faroe Shetland Channel

July 31, 2015 by 4 Comments | Category Marine Directorate general, Marine Directorate Science, Research Vessel Surveys

MRV Scotia

MRV Scotia

Ever wondered what it’s like being on a research vessel? We’ve just added a new film to our Youtube channel to give you an idea of just that.

Filmed over a number of years, this short programme shows some of the research work that is carried out by the Marine Scotland scientists on board the MRV Scotia.

The featured plankton research is part of ongoing investigations looking at the abundance of over-wintering calenoid copepod (Calanus finmarchicus) populations in the Faroe-Shetland Channel.

This particular work has been happening each winter since 1998, and sporadically before then as early as 1993. The reason for this sampling programme is that Calanus finmarchicus appears not to be able to persist in the North Sea without annual re-stocking from ocean areas beyond the continental shelf edge. The main centre of offshore abundance which supplies the North Sea, is in the Faroe-Shetland Channel.

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  • James jack says:

    Is your boat kit out with Wi-Fi for crew to use or still in dark age I do research on how far techinolge has come for men and women over the years to keep intoch with love ones on land

    • Ruth Allen says:

      We don’t have Wi-Fi on board, but there are computers allowing staff to access things like email and social media.

  • mr william smith says:

    can you tell me how to apply as deckhand on the survey vessels on my 28 days leave

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