Marine Scotland

  • Surveying in the Moray Firth Wind Farm Sites

    17th July 2019 by

    Alba na Mara

    Marine Scotland Science (MSS) colleagues and University of Aberdeen (UoA) postgraduate students set sail on the Alba na Mara to undertake a multi-disciplinary survey within the Moray Firth wind farm sites from the 8th – 12th of June 2019.  The aim of this survey was to characterise the distribution of the prey species (fish schools,...

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  • All Eyes on New Worm Species

    18th June 2019 by

    Scotia at work with waves crashing

    There’s a worm at the bottom of the sea – and it’s been discovered off the Scottish coast by a team of scientists from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and Thomson Environmental Consultants.  But this isn’t an ordinary worm – the newcomer has a unique anatomy with its eyes in...

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  • DEEPly Committed to a Thriving Oyster Population

    3rd May 2019 by

    Bonar Bridge on the Dornoch Firth

    Marine Scotland has recently been working in close partnership with the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP) initiative to make sure that a large number of molluscs are disease free. Pioneered by Glenmorangie, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and the Marine Conservation Society, the DEEP initiative was created to restore native European oysters (Ostrea edulis) to...

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  • Engaging the Fishing Industry in Marine Environmental Survey and Monitoring – Part 2

    30th April 2019 by

    Mat of herring spawn

    Marine Scotland has been leading this EMFF-funded project which is aimed at involving fishing vessels in MPA monitoring. This is a joint project between Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. The project is managed by Seascope Fisheries Research Ltd, with Charlotte Johnston of Crangon Ltd providing monitoring survey expertise. This is the second in a...

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  • Researching Blue Carbon – meet Connie Nutbrown

    3rd April 2019 by

    Blue carbon

    Last December, we told you about a new Scottish Government funded research programme into Blue Carbon which started in early 2017 as part of a commitment in the 2017-2018 Programme for Government. The current focus of the programme revolves around measuring the ability of various habitats to sequester carbon, understanding how it is stored for...

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  • Researching Blue Carbon – meet Dani Whitlock

    27th March 2019 by

    Blue carbon

    Last December, we told you about a new Scottish Government funded research programme into Blue Carbon which started in early 2017 as part of a commitment in the 2017-2018 Programme for Government. The current focus of the programme revolves around measuring the ability of various habitats to sequester carbon, understanding how it is stored for...

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  • Joint Warrior Training Activity: 30 March to 11 April 2019

    26th March 2019 by

    Joint Warrior training exercise 2019

    The bi-annual Joint Warrior exercise, organised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), will be taking place in Scottish waters from 30 March to 11 April 2019. Joint Warrior is part of a major programme of exercises involving: land forces, warships, submarines and aircraft from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) partners in UK waters. These exercises...

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  • Connecting Seas on Valentine’s Day!

    11th March 2019 by

    Marine Scotland has been involved in a number of marine planning projects throughout Europe.  The INTERREG NorthSEE Project is one of those projects (along with MUSES, that we blogged about last week) and recently, they held their final “Connecting Seas” conference, to mark the end of the project. The conference was jointly organised with the...

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  • Sampling Herring Larvae in the Dark

    31st January 2019 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    MRV Scotia Survey: 0219S Programme Duration: 24 January – 13 February 2019 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear A & B; MIK Net (Round Frame with IK depressor); and MIKeyM net (attached onto the MIK net on selected stations). Objective: Complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in...

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  • Engaging the Fishing Industry in Marine Environmental Survey and Monitoring

    24th January 2019 by

    Flame shell

    Marine Scotland has been involved with this EMFF-funded project which is aimed at involving fishing vessels in MPA monitoring. This is a joint project between Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. The project is managed by Seascope Fisheries Research Ltd, with Charlotte Johnston of Crangon Ltd providing monitoring survey expertise. This is the first in...

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