Ruth Allen

Written 295 posts

How do dams impact river connectivity and salmon populations?

16th March 2017

Many of Scotland’s rivers contain important rearing habitat for juvenile Atlantic salmon, an anadromous fish species that supports an economically important fishery and is often a target for conservation with many of its home-rivers designated as Special Areas of Conservation. Many of these rivers also generate hydroelectricity, which is an important source of renewable energy…

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Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference 2017

13th March 2017

The fourth Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference will be held on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2017 at Eden Court in Inverness. The conference will open on the afternoon of Thursday 27th April with a session to introduce the EMFF funded Scottish Inshore Fisheries Integrated Data System or ‘SIFIDS’ Project.  This project will focus on using new technologies and…

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Vacancy – Salmon Assessment Modeller (Closing date 20th March 2017)

9th March 2017

We are currently seeking applications for a Salmon Assessment Modeller within Marine Scotland Science based in Pitlochry. This post will be based Freshwater Fisheries Programme, which provides research and advice in support of Scottish Government policies in relation to freshwater and diadromous fish. The post holder will develop juvenile assessment models, improving approaches for characterising…

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Joint Warrior Training Activity: 26th March – 6 April 2017

6th March 2017

Joint Warrior (JW) 171, will take place between 25 March to 6 April 2017 and will comprise of a programme of exercises conducted across the UK by land forces, warships, submarines and aircraft from 15 Nations. The majority of the exercise will be focussed in the airspace, offshore and coastal waters to the North and…

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New Marine Scotland Director

15th February 2017

Following an external recruitment process, chaired by a Civil Service Commissioner, we’re delighted to announce that Graham Black, currently HMRC Deputy Director Large Business, Scotland and Northern Ireland has been appointed as the new Director of Marine Scotland.  He will take up his new role on 16 March 2017. Graham said: “I am delighted and…

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Helping fishermen to DiscardLess

6th February 2017

Today sees the publication of a new report in the Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science series, but it’s something a little different – it’s a Manual and some factsheets. The Selectivity in Trawl Fishing Gears manual forms part of the DiscardLess project – a Horizon 2020 project set up to provide the knowledge, tools, and methods required for…

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Best buddies help marine life

25th January 2017

It is well acknowledged that any kind of marine litter poses a detrimental effect to the environment, economy and society so in response, Scotland produced its first Marine Litter Strategy in 2014 with the aim of reducing the amount of litter entering the sea. The Strategy sets out over 40 actions including encouraging producers to change the design of products, such…

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Keeping an eye on the coastline with SCObs

23rd January 2017

Scientists in Marine Scotland, along with a small group of voluntary citizen-scientists, have been monitoring the physics, chemistry and biology at multiple sites in Scotland’s coastal waters since 1997. The sites monitored, shown on the left, include Millport, Mallaig, Loch   Maddy, Loch Ewe, Scapa, Fair Isle, Scalloway, Cromarty, East Coast and Stonehaven. Consistent ecological time series of data…

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Festive antics on the MRV Scotia

30th December 2016

Scientists from Marine Scotland Science left Aberdeen on-board the research vessel Scotia on a Saturday morning in December to continue our long-standing monitoring work in the northern North Sea and in the Faeroe-Shetland-Channel. The international group from the Marine Lab consisted of two oceanographers, two engineers, one biologist, one modeller, one technician, and one chemist…

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Marine Analytical Unit monthly update – December 2016

28th December 2016

This month’s update from the Marine Analytical Unit is now available with the most up to date information about the fish price index, nephrops prices and key facts and figures on Scottish fisheries. Please note that the results from the MAU Statistical Outputs 2016 survey have now been published and can found online. Following on…

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