Location, Location, Location

August 13, 2018 by No Comments | Category Collaborations, Marine Directorate general, Marine Directorate Science, Marine Directorate Surveys, Research Vessel Surveys

Survey: 1218A MRV Alba na Mara

Duration: 13-22 August 2018

Gear: Subsurface Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Moorings

Objectives: retrieve and deploy a series of acoustic release systems (19 subsurface moorings) with attached acoustic recording devices (19 C-POD, 6 SM2M and 1 sound recorder) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme and JOMOPANS project (see Table 1 and Figure 1).


Alba na Mara will sail from Fraserburgh on the morning of 13 August and make for the first mooring position. The ultimate order in which the moorings are retrieved and deployed will be dictated by the current weather forecast and the likely shelter that can be provided by the east coast.

Accurate position records will be kept detailing where the moorings are eventually replaced; as this may differ from the planned position. If all the moorings have been retrieved and deployed before the scheduled end of the survey, Alba na Mara will head to Aberdeen Bay to allow scientific staff to retrieve moorings with VR2 salmon detectors between Ythan Estuary and Findon Ness.

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