Marine Scotland

  • Vacancy – Spatial Ecologist – closing date 30 Oct

    5th October 2018 by

    Vacancy banner

    We are currently seeking applications for a Spatial Ecologist within Marine (22 Month Fixed Term 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 assessments. Overview The main focus of the post will...

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  • Not all rivers are the same: new analysis reveals how juvenile salmon numbers vary across Scotland

    19th September 2018 by


    Electrofishing is a commonly used method for capturing, counting and sampling fish populations. Where electrofishing is performed according to carefully defined standards, and combined with appropriate statistical analysis, it is possible to estimate the number of fish in a particular section of a river. Electrofishing data have been collected across much of Scotland for over...

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  • Turning MUSE-ings in to action

    18th September 2018 by

      Increasing demands on ocean resources and the associated conflicts between competing ocean users has made it crucial for us to carefully consider how we use our seas. Over the last two years, the Multi-Use in European Seas (MUSES) Project, led by Marine Scotland, has been researching the concept and the real life practicalities of...

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  • Go west….to Greenland!

    13th September 2018 by

    Maniitsoq Copyright of Sean Dugan

    We’re excited about bringing you this next blog. Sean, who you’ll read about below, is taking part in a West Greenland Salmon Sampling trip. But what is it and why is sampling done in Greenland? Read on to find out….  Welcome to my West Greenland Salmon Sampling Photo Blog My name is Sean Dugan and...

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  • Supporting science at school with a Royal Society Partnership Grant

    10th September 2018 by


    Our Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry and Breadalbane Academy  in Aberfeldy are celebrating after receiving a Royal Society Partnership Grant, allowing them to work together on a project to explore the effects of hydro dams on river temperatures in the school’s local catchment, the River Tay. Royal Society Partnership Grants support schools to enable students...

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  • Amazing Footage at Half-landing for Survey 1218S

    7th September 2018 by

    Scotia in berth at Ullapool for blog 1218S

    It’s Monday the 3rd of September and since the last blog post the team here have been squirreling away, successfully collecting video data from all of the planned stations at Rosemary Bank Seamount and are starting to collect still photos and video from Wyville Thomson Ridge. The weather has delayed us a little on this...

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  • The Latest News from Survey 1218S

    5th September 2018 by

    Faroe Shetland Sponge Belt Critters

    It is 3am and we’re on our way to Rosemary Bank. We’ve had three nights of towing the chariot across the different depths at Faroe Shetland Sponge Belt and three days of sampling the fish and benthic fauna with trawls, and we’ve seen lots of sponges, bizarre invertebrates, and fish. We’ve recorded lots of video...

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  • How Mature are Nephrops?

    4th September 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey : 1318A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 25 August – 10 September 2018 Objectives: Obtain estimates of the distribution and abundance of Nephrops burrows in the Firth of Forth and the Moray Firth using underwater cameras. Use the TV footage to record the occurrence of other benthic fauna and evidence of commercial trawling activity....

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  • Come on in; our Doors are (nearly) Open!

    31st August 2018 by

    Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen

    We are very proud (and quite excited) to announce that the Marine Laboratory will be participating in Doors Open Day (again) this year. Joining countless other hidden gems in Aberdeen City we will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 8 September which also corresponds with the first day of the Aberdeen...

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  • Location, Location, Location

    13th August 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey: 1218A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 13-22 August 2018 Gear: Subsurface Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Moorings Objectives: To retrieve and deploy a series of acoustic release systems (19 subsurface moorings) with attached acoustic recording devices (19 C-POD, 6 SM2M and 1 sound recorder) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme and...

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