Nephrops on the East Coast – An Update

August 20, 2019 by No Comments | Category Fisheries, Marine Directorate general, Marine Directorate Science, Marine Directorate Surveys, Research Vessel Surveys

MRV Alba na Mara Programme

Survey 1319A

Duration: 8-24 August 2019

The annual Alba na Mara East Coast Nephrops Underwater TV survey returns once again.  A very busy week has been spent in the Firth of Forth working under challenging conditions at times, but despite 40kt easterly gales plenty of headway was made with the planned stations.  Poor water visibility, which was down to a mix of tide, commercial fishing operations, marine traffic stirring up the sea bed as well as increased fresh river water input from recent heavy rain, meant additional stations were undertaken where necessary.

Fishing operations were undertaken within each sediment type of the Forth.  A range of biological and morphometric data was collected from each Nephrop caught.

The next week will be spent in the Moray Firth where the survey will continue to obtain estimates of the distribution and abundance of Nephrops burrows using towed underwater camera systems.

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