Marine Scotland Communications

Marine Scotland Communications

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Annual monitoring and sampling with Scotia

22nd December 2021

Marine Research Vessel (MRV) Scotia’s annual survey monitoring and sampling in the North Sea and the Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC), has ended just in time for Christmas.

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Celebrating 25 years of environmental monitoring

25th October 2021

The Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) is celebrating its 25th year of monitoring Scottish coastal seas.

Operated by the Marine Scotland directorate of the Scottish Government, SCObs samples temperature, salt content (salinity), chemistry (nutrients, ocean acidification), microscopic plants (algal pigments, phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) weekly around the Scottish coast.

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Dronetastic – Mapping Scotland’s seagrass habitats

17th September 2021

The Scottish Government through the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum has supported the purchase of a drone for Project Seagrass. The equipment will be used to map Scotland’s seagrass habitats and support community mapping and habitat restoration projects.

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An investigation in Scottish coastal waters –  Ocean Acidification Week 2021

15th September 2021

By absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere the chemistry of the ocean changes and seawater becomes more acidic – this is known as Ocean Acidification.

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Surveying the Sponge Belt

2nd September 2021

Marine Scotland and JNCC have been undertaking the annual MPA monitoring trip in Scottish offshore waters aboard the Marine Research Vessel Scotia.

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Collaboration is key for science

27th August 2021

Nephrops norvegicus, commonly known as langoustine or Dublin bay prawn, is the second most valuable seafood species landed in Scotland, and was worth over £80 million in 2019.

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Does marine litter concern correlate with changing habits?

27th July 2021

Does marine litter concern correlate with changing habits? Our colleagues conducted a study on this subject – they share their insights here.

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Critically endangered flapper skate study

14th July 2021

This week is Shark Week and today we’re celebrating Shark Awareness Day. Did you know that there are over 30 species of sharks, skates and rays recorded in Scottish waters? Sharks are part of the elasmobranch family, which includes skates and rays. The flapper skate is the most endangered skate species in the North East Atlantic.

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Plastic Free July

13th July 2021

Today is Plastic Bag Free Day, a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags. So, to acknowledge this day, we’d like to highlight some of the important work that we, in Marine Scotland, do to reduce the amount of plastic and marine litter from entering our amazing aquatic environment.

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Colleagues contribute to Harmful Algal Bloom report

8th July 2021

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) present a problem for marine ecosystems, associated industries and societies across the world, including Scotland.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO has just published the first Global HAB Status Report (GHSR), Marine Scotland was one of the contributors.

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