Marine Scotland

ECOMASS Moorings on East Coast

November 16, 2019 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

MRV Alba na Mara Programme

Survey: 2019A

Duration: 15-26 November 2019

Gear: Surface and subsurface PAM moorings

Objectives:

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.

Procedure:

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.

Location Latitude Longitude Sound recorder?
JOMOPANS 1 58.57487 -2.119471 Y
Fraserburgh 5 57.711263 -2.130103  
Fraserburgh 10 57.770775 -2.141328  
Fraserburgh 15 57.849141 -2.089825  
Cruden Bay 5 57.380185 -1.828393 Y
Cruden Bay 10 57.380146 -1.738071  
Cruden Bay 15 57.376868 -1.61793  
Stonehaven 15 56.98059 -2.021736  
Stonehaven 10 56.959511 -2.113503  
Stonehaven 5 56.947156 -2.177253 Y
Arbroath 5 56.554018 -2.483356  
Arbroath 10 56.499815 -2.37981 Y
Arbroath 15 56.459636 -2.29853  
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.

Location Latitude Longitude
JOMOPANS 1 58.57487 -2.119471
Helmsdale 15 57.975698 -3.535645
Arbroath 10 56.499815 -2.37981

Table 3: Geographic position of all 5 Seagreen moorings to be retrieved and deployed.

Location Latitude Longitude
Seagreen 1 56.762417 -2.354677
Seagreen 2 56.715833 -2.182717
Seagreen 3 56.66115 -2.0091
Seagreen 4 56.610017 -1.836017
Seagreen 5 56.554683 -1.667317

Table 4: Geographic position of all 4 NNG moorings to be deployed.

C-POD location Coordinates (degrees, decimal minutes) Coordinates (decimal degrees)
Latitude Longitude Latitude Longitude
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

Figure 1: Geographic position of 19 ECOMMAS & JOMOPANS moorings to be retrieved in November 2019. Winter mooring to be deployed at Arbroath

Figure 2: Locations of the 5 SSE Seagreen moorings to be retrieved and deployed

Figure 3: Locations of the 4 NNG moorings to be deployed.

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