Marine Scotland

  • Keeping track at Armadale: Update three from the tracking project

    15th August 2017 by

    As at 13 August, we have tagged around 70 salmon. A later run of grilse, as hoped, has therefore not yet materialised. We are reviewing the situation to decide whether we could and should continue beyond our planned end date of 25 August. Further Information Keeping track at Armadale: Update two from the tracking project...

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  • IA2017 – Discharges from offshore oil and gas installations have decreased due to OSPAR measures

    14th August 2017 by

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      OSPAR has developed programmes and measures in respect of all phases of offshore oil and gas activities and undertakes annual assessments of discharges, spills and emissions from offshore oil and gas installations. Hydrocarbons and ‘chemicals’ are routinely discharged to the marine environment during offshore oil and gas operations. Assessment of the data for the...

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  • IA2017 – Contaminant concentrations are decreasing, but concerns remain

    7th August 2017 by

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    OSPAR countries have made significant efforts to reduce discharges, emissions, and losses of contaminants to both air and water. The effect of these efforts is clearly visible in reduced inputs to the Greater North Sea. The observed decreases in contaminant release from land-based sources and the offshore oil and gas industry show the continued progress...

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  • Keeping track at Armadale: Update two from the tracking project

    3rd August 2017 by

    Tagging continues in Armadale and the 1st of August heralded our highest daily tagging volume to date, with 17 salmon tagged. After 26 operational days we have now tagged over 60 salmon. We hope that we may benefit from a late grilse run, allowing us to get much nearer our 750 tagging target. Further Information...

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  • Taking PAM to visit Rosemary Bank

    2nd August 2017 by

    Figure 1: Map showing approximate location for mooring deployment and transects for each zone Duration: 31 July to 7 August 2017 Fishing Gear: 2 x bird observer boxes (plus rubber matting) 1 x passive acoustic device and moorings Objectives To deploy a passive acoustic device on Rosemary Bank To collect data on bird and marine...

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  • IA2017 – Radioactive discharges from the nuclear sector have decreased

    31st July 2017 by

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    OSPAR collects data on authorised discharges and environmental activity concentrations for several radionuclides. For the purpose of evaluation, OSPAR distinguishes those radionuclides that emit alpha radiation (total alpha activity) and those that emit beta radiation (total beta activity). Discharges from fuel reprocessing plants are much reduced but remain the dominant source of discharges from the...

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  • Surveying the High Fleet – Update

    28th July 2017 by


    We blogged yesterday about the survey currently being undertaken on the German High Fleet in Scapa Flow. One of our scientists on board has sent us this update: This survey is working in conjunction with Historic Environment Scotland (HES), The Ministry of Defence (MOD), The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Ulster University and other...

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  • Surveying the German High Seas fleet in Scapa Flow

    27th July 2017 by

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    Duration: 23 – 31 July 2017 Sampling Gear Swathe multibeam echosounder system TV drop frame with armoured cable Scout System RoxAnn system Seatronics ROV Project Summary This project is a multidisciplinary collaborative project to undertake remote sensing and diver surveys of the High Seas Fleet and the War Graves HMS Hampshire, HMS Vanguard and HMS...

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  • The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic: A nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference

    26th July 2017 by

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    Over the last month New Zealand’s Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) has been hosting a conference to address social and environmental issues surrounding: toxicity, waste and plastic. The only difference being that this conference was a nearly carbon-neutral conference being held entirely online. While traditional conferences involve academics flying from all over the...

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  • IA2017 – Fish communities show signs of recovery in some areas

    24th July 2017 by

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    Fish communities form a major element of marine biodiversity and are a key feature in marine foodwebs. Fisheries can thus have a major impact on marine biodiversity. The last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR 2010) highlighted, among other issues, that depletion of key predator and prey species and disruption of the marine foodweb were worrying...

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