Marine Scotland

  • MRV Alba na Mara Survey 0517A Programme

    6th April 2017 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 06 – 26 April 2017 Fishing Gear: Scallop Dredges Objectives: To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the West Coast. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. To Identify and sample additional areas of commercial interest to the scallop fishery. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial...

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  • Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference 2017

    13th March 2017 by

    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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  • Helping fishermen to DiscardLess

    6th February 2017 by

    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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  • Ask a Scientist

    31st January 2017 by

    sofa-shark

    Always keen to make science accessible for everyone, our colleague Dr Francis Neat recently contributed to a series of children’s books on ocean ecology.   Dr Neat was approached only last week to answer some questions, posed by children through a school project, in the “Ask a Scientist” section.   As a specialist in the habitat and...

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  • Scottish Fishermen Land 1000th Tonne of Marine Litter

    18th January 2017 by

    Our very own Professor Colin Moffat was asked recently to attend and give a short presentation at an event to celebrate the success of the KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter scheme. Supported by partners, including the Scottish Government, the Fishing for Litter scheme encourages skippers of fishing vessels to land litter they catch in their...

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 2316A Programme

    12th December 2016 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 8-21 December 2016 Equipment: Sandeel dredge × 2 (modified 4′ scallop dredge with 6″ teeth and spare toothbars) with towing bar and camera attachment. TV camera. Minilogger (or equivalent – i.e. DST). Objectives: To determine the abundance, length and age of sandeels in the sediment from regions east of the Firth of Forth and...

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 2216A Programme

    8th December 2016 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 2-6 December 2016 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; and Catamaran and manta neuston net. Objectives: To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, inner Firth of Forth, outer Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary in support of the...

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  • MRV Scotia Survey 1616S Programme

    22nd November 2016 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Duration: 5-14 November 2016 Fishing Gear: PT160 pelagic trawl; BT237 new Jackson high standing demersal trawl fully rigged with 350mm rockhopper ground gear and 200mm floats; 1 Set Thyboron ‘flapper’ trawl doors; and 1 set GOV polyvalent trawl doors. Objectives: To establish a fishing protocol to fish the PT160 trawl close to the surface and...

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  • Marine Analytical Unit monthly update – October 2016

    2nd November 2016 by

    Fish Haul

    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. Read the full update Related Links All previous Marine Analytical Unit updates  

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  • New topic sheet – age estimation in fish

    14th October 2016 by

    How can you tell how old a fish is? Any why bother? Age estimation is a fundamental part of studies of the life history of fish. In commercial marine fisheries, it is a key area in the monitoring, assessment and management of fish stocks because age determined parameters (such as age profiles, age at first...

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