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Iambic Pentameter Meets the ICES North Sea Lemon Sole Benchmark

14th February 2018

Last year we introduced you to our Sea Fisheries Programme Manager, Dr Coby Needle. When he isn’t dealing with fish stock and assessment, or even sometimes when he is, he also writes. So here, in something a little different, we introduce you to the work of the ICES Benchmark Workshop on North Sea Stocks in poetry. Attend,…

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Celebrating the Year of the Engineer – Meet Neil Collie

6th February 2018

As we mentioned in our blog in January, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the course of the year, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work. Next up, we hear from our…

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Celebrating Science and Year of the Young Person with Dr Nabeil Salama

25th January 2018

This is Nabeil, one of our scientists. When he’s not leading a team of fisheries scientists or running around the lab working on wrasse or fisheries stock assessment, he’s also just taken on the role of Marine Scotland Science’s Outreach steering group coordinator. What’s your career path been – how did you get here? For…

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Counting scallops

24th January 2018

Duration: 25 January – 7 February 2018 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives To carry out a survey of scallop stocks around the Shetland Islands.  To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught.  To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species.  To identify, quantify numbers, and damage assess of…

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So, how were the nephrops?

19th January 2018

At the beginning of January, we blogged about the research adventures of the Alba na Mara as she went off in search of nephrops. The Scientist in Charge of that survey got back in touch with us to let us know how they’d got on: The west coast TV survey abroad Alba na Mara spent…

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Celebrating the Year of the Engineer – Aries. More than just a star sign

16th January 2018

As we mentioned in our blog earlier this month, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work. First up, one of our…

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2018 – A year for a double celebration

8th January 2018

2018 is going to be a busy year with two things for us to shout about – the Year of the Engineer and the Year of Young People. The Year of the Engineer Designed to inspire the next generation of engineers, the Year of the Engineer also gives us the opportunity to celebrate and showcase…

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Watching nephrops on TV

5th January 2018

Duration: 6 – 22 January 2018 Gear Large TV drop frame TV sledge 1 x 600m umbilical towing cable 1 x armoured cable Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup) Four lasers and 60cm bracket for the drop frame 1 x BT201 prawn trawl (plus minimal spares) Day grab and table Prawn sorting table Go…

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New Year is a bit rubbish for the Scotia

3rd January 2018

Duration: 4-19 January 2018 Objectives To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). To collect water samples for nutrient studies as part of the Scottish Coastal Eutrophication Assessment Survey (SCEAS). Monitor and record all litter brought aboard in all trawls. Sample water column and sediment for micro-plastic litter….

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New metrics report measures up for assessing the effects of offshore wind on Scotland’s seabird populations

22nd December 2017

Marine Scotland has undertaken a great deal of research to understand how the development of offshore renewables may affect protected seabird species. Central to this work is an assessment of the consequences at population-level, with an important focus on the use of Population Viability Analysis (PVA). The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) have produced…

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