Marine Scotland Communications

Written 223 posts

Sampling in the Strata

14th November 2018

Survey: 1718S MRV Scotia Programme Duration: 12 November – 4 December 2018 Fishing Gear: GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT137) and ground gear D (hoppers). Objectives: Participate in the ICES co-ordinated western division demersal trawling survey. Obtain temperature and salinity data profiles at each trawling position. Collect additional biological data in connection with the EU…

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Vacancy: Assistant Marine Chemist, Aberdeen, closing date 5th December

12th November 2018

We are currently seeking applications for an Assistant Marine Chemist within the Environment Monitoring and Assessment programme based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the…

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Fishing Gear and Flying Kites

1st November 2018

Survey: 1618S MRV Scotia Programme Duration: 28 October – 08 November 2018 Objectives: To carryout catch comparison trials to compare the fishing performance of the BT237 against the standard survey trawl BT137 GOV rigged with ‘A’ gear. To assess the fishing performance, in terms of gear geometry, of the new Vonin ‘Flyer’ kite as a…

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Water Sampling for Long-Term Monitoring – An Update 09/10/18

16th October 2018

Scotia left harbour at 09:00 on Friday 5 October. Our first objective was to deploy the Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) profiler at 18 stations along a line at 57° N going west from the Scottish East Coast to 2°E.  Along with salinity (conductivity) and temperature, we measured dissolved oxygen, turbidity and fluorescence. We also…

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Water Sampling for Long-Term Monitoring

15th October 2018

Survey: MRV Scotia 1418S Duration: 5-15 October 2018 Procedure: Scotia will make her way to the eastern start of the Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section and start collecting long term monitoring samples and taking CTD profiles. On a previous trip – the 0618S survey – a mooring in an AL500 frame also failed to surface…

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Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey – An update

4th October 2018

Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey Duration:  19 September – 1 October 2018 The 2018 Rockall haddock trawling survey got off to a blustery start with Scotia departing Aberdeen on the morning of the 19th September and heading straight into the teeth of Storm Ali; the first officially named storm of Autumn 2018. Gusts of…

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Surveying the Haddock on the Rockall Plateau

3rd October 2018

Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Survey Duration: 19 September – 1 October 2018 Fishing Gear: • GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear D. Other Gear: • Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) Seabird 19+; and • Van Veen Grab. Objectives: • Undertake the bottom trawl survey of haddock on Rockall Bank to a depth…

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A Nurturing Home for the Juveniles

1st October 2018

Survey: 1518A MRV Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 September – 16 October 2018 Background and Objectives: The primary objective of this survey is to identify whether the availability, quality, and distribution of habitat acts as a constraint on the number of juvenile fish that can develop into adults. This study focusses on three types…

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Herring or Sprat; and the Notorious Case of Burke and Hare

24th September 2018

One of the earliest pieces of fisheries research carried out in Scotland concerned the Firth of Forth herring fishery, and whether herring and sprat were two separate species. An artefact from this research is on display in the library foyer at the Marine Laboratory, in Aberdeen. The Board of British White Herring Fisheries was established…

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

17th September 2018

Survey: 1418A MRV Alba na Mara Programme This survey will be executed in two parts during the window of 12th September to the 25th September 2018. Part One Objectives: Live fish capture for tank based trials in our Fish Behaviour Unit (FBU); and Trialing new Vonin ‘Flyer’ headline kites. Part Two Objectives: Recover (VR2Tx) salmon…

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