ECOMASS Moorings on East Coast
MRV Alba na Mara Programme
Duration: 15-26 November 2019
Gear: Surface and subsurface PAM moorings
To retrieve 24 subsurface moorings comprising acoustic release systems and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (24 C-POD and 8 Loggerhead/SM2M) as part of three marine mammal monitoring programmes (ECOMMAS, JOMOPANS & SEAGREEN).
To deploy 11 subsurface moorings comprising acoustic release systems and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (11 CPOD and 11 Loggerhead/SM2M) as part of four marine mammal monitoring programmes (ECOMMAS, JOMOPANS, SEAGREEN & NNG). See Table 1-4 and Figure 1-3.
Loading of all equipment will be carried out on 12 November when the previous survey (1919A) returns to Fraserburgh. Weather permitting, Alba na Mara will sail from Fraserburgh on the morning of 15 November and make for the first mooring position. The ultimate order in which the moorings are retrieved/deployed will be decided by the skipper in conjunction with the SIC, and dictated by the weather forecast.
It may be necessary for Alba na Mara to make a partial unloading of retrieved moorings and equipment to ensure enough available space on the vessel. If this is the case the vessel will visit the most suitable port depending on her location at the time.
Alba na Mara will dock in Leith on 26 November to unload and allow the scientific staff to disembark and return to Aberdeen.
Table 1: Geographic position of all 19 JOMOPANS & ECOMMAS moorings to be recovered.
|Cruden Bay 5||57.380185||-1.828393||Y|
|Cruden Bay 10||57.380146||-1.738071|
|Cruden Bay 15||57.376868||-1.61793|
|St Andrews 15||56.29004||-2.433171|
|St Andrews 5||56.265265||-2.571761|
|St Andrews 10||56.258365||-2.501598||Y|
|St Abbs 15||56.033338||-2.075373|
|St Abbs 10||55.963473||-2.161845|
|St Abbs 5||55.92919||-2.177058||Y|
Table 2: Geographic position of 3 ECOMMAS and JOMOPANS moorings to be deployed during 2019A. All moorings are to be subsurface for either acoustic release or ROV recovery.
Table 3: Geographic position of all 5 Seagreen moorings to be retrieved and deployed.
Table 4: Geographic position of all 4 NNG moorings to be deployed.
|C-POD location||Coordinates (degrees, decimal minutes)||Coordinates (decimal degrees)|
|NNG1||2° 19.162′ W||56° 17.882′ N||-2.319357||56.298024|
|NNG2||2° 15.226′ W||56° 15.122′ N||-2.25376||56.252025|
|NNG3||2° 10.001′ W||56° 16.341′ N||-2.166681||56.272344|
|NNG4||2° 5.426′ W||56° 16.171′ N||-2.090425||56.269518|