Marine Scotland

  • A new study shows that the seabed landscape crucial for fish conservation

    12th December 2017 by

    A new study, led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and Marine Scotland Science and that is published in PLOS ONE, demonstrates the importance of protecting different seabed landscapes in order to maintain a healthy and diverse stock of fish, including cod, haddock and whiting. Currently nature conservation and...

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  • The power of MRSea

    4th December 2017 by

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    Renewable energy from offshore wind, wave and tidal stream developments is a key component of the Scottish Governments’ ambitions for creating a low carbon economy that contributes to action on climate change. However, concern exists over the potential for such marine developments to negatively impact seabirds, marine mammals, and other protected species or habitats. A...

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  • Understanding how seals use the water column in tidally energetic areas

    30th November 2017 by

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    As the tidal renewable industry continues to grow, increasing our understanding of the way that marine mammals use tidally energetic areas is of particular importance. This is a particular issue as there is increasing evidence that tidal energetic areas can be important foraging areas for marine mammals, therefore understanding how marine mammals use the water...

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  • Hearing things with COMPASS

    29th November 2017 by

    Alba na Mara

    On November 6th the Alba na Mara set sail once more to deploy acoustic listening devices in the west coast of Scotland. A total of six moorings containing broadband sound recording devices and cetacean echolocation “click detectors”  were to be deployed during the trip. The map below gives the planned locations for deployment. These deployments...

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  • New paper on amoeba studies published

    27th November 2017 by

    A new scientific journal article written by researchers at Marine Scotland Science (MSS), in collaboration with the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre (SFIRC) at the University of Aberdeen, has been published in the Journal of Fish Diseases. The principal author, Rachel Chance, is a PhD. student funded by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement...

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  • Recognising the Marine Heritage of Scapa Flow

    17th November 2017 by

    Markgraf

    Earlier this year, we were involved with a joint project to survey the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. Historic Environment Scotland is now reviewing the protection of these wrecks of as they are scheduled monuments, and they would like to explore if that continues to be the best way of recognising and protecting...

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  • Maximising the benefits of future large scale tidal and wave energy developments

    3rd November 2017 by

    Ecowatt maps

    Marine renewable energy is an important component of the Scottish Government’s vision for the future and will help the government reach its climate change objectives. In response to this, a three-year project, EcoWatt2050, was created to investigate how we can ensure that the benefits of future large scale tidal and wave energy developments can be...

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  • Getting a good grounding with the Northeast Atlantic

    1st November 2017 by

    Marine Scotland Science has just released new Groundfish Survey Monitoring and Assessment data for the Northeast Atlantic Area, which includes fish abundance and biomass at length information for all the species caught during the surveys (details in the table below). With growing interest in understanding, assessing and managing the ecosystem in a more holistic way, having reliable...

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  • Glasgow welcomes the EU Atlantic Stakeholder Conference

    26th October 2017 by

    Fergus Ewing MSP

    Registration is now open for the conference and workshops for the annual Atlantic Stakeholder Conference, which  will take place in Glasgow on 8 November 2017 with a theme of ‘Regeneration across Generations’ and a focus on creating socially inclusive and sustainable models of regional development. This priority of the EU’s Atlantic Strategy and Action Plan will...

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  • Predicting the impact of underwater noise on marine mammals

    13th October 2017 by

    PCOD Model

    Marine mammals, such as seals and dolphins, are sensitive to underwater noise and other disturbances which can affect their ability to forage or communicate. Our understanding of the effects of these pressures on marine mammal, and of how to assess and quantify potential impacts on populations, is rapidly evolving. One tool that can be used...

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