Marine Scotland

  • Multi-tasking with the Scotia

    19th June 2018 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    MRV Scotia left Aberdeen on 3rd June 2018 to begin survey 0818S – the ‘Annual Nephrops Underwater TV Survey’ (UWTV) – covering Fladen (North Sea), the North and South Minches, the Clyde, and the Sound of Jura. TV operations went well during the first day until the sea state worsened so the survey was halted until early on...

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  • Benthic Biotopes in Barra

    11th June 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey: 0818A Duration: 8 – 14 June 2018 Gear: Seatronics drop frame (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire Seatronics lights (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire HD TV system + lights (5 plastic cages) Armoured cable + spare + axle stands & bar Day grab + table + 2 x sieve drawers Background...

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  • What does one ware when you go to Arrochar?

    8th June 2018 by

    Litter collected on Arrochar beach - May 2018

    At the end of the last week in May, we – with help from a HUGE number of others including staff and volunteers from The GRAB Trust, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, Luss Estates, Marine Conservation Society, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Argyll and Bute Council, Zero Waste Scotland and the local community council – organised...

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  • Mackerel and Eggs on the Altaire

    29th May 2018 by

    MFV Altaire survey 0118H May 2018_5

    MFV Altaire departed Ullapool at 1400hrs on the 22nd May to begin survey 0118H. Onboard during this exploratory mackerel egg survey we have an international scientific complement including scientists from: Scotland, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. Flowmeter calibration deployments were completed successfully in the Minch, west of Melvaig, and the Altaire is now proceeding to...

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  • Rockall and Mackerel

    28th May 2018 by

    MFV Altaire during survey 0118H May 2018_6

    Survey: 0118H MFV Altaire Duration: 22 May – 6 June 2018 Fishing/Sampling Gear: Gulf VII plankton sampler Objectives: To carry out standalone mackerel egg survey, on the western shelf and slope in the area from 52o N to 59o N (see Figure 1). Opportunistic trawling for adult mackerel samples; for exploratory ovary analysis. Procedures: After...

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  • Pipelines, Camera, Action

    25th May 2018 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Survey: 0718S Duration: 18- 31 May 2018 Gear: Day grabs TV drop frame with lasers Aarmoured cable Multibeam echosounder system EK 60 Conductivity, Pressure & Depth (CTD) device Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (VM-ADCP) Fish cages PT160 (trawl) Objectives: To assess the hydrographic influences on the aggregation of fish around surface laid oil and gas pipelines....

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  • Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning Book

    23rd May 2018 by

    The generation of offshore energy is a rapidly growing sector internationally. Its expansion means competing for space in an already busy seascape, and as it develops it will have many potential impacts on established patterns of sea use, rights of access, and social and cultural value systems. Effective marine management not only needs to balance...

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  • Sunbeam Surveys going Swimmingly

    21st May 2018 by

    MRV Sunbeam FR 487

    Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have recently been operating on Fraserburgh pelagic trawler Sunbeam (FR 487) to survey salmon smolts at various points on the Scottish east coast. Operating in the Moray Firth, Firths of Forth and Tay, MSS used a specially designed net for sampling very close to the surface. The net incorporates...

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  • New Marine Scientific Advisor for Government

    18th May 2018 by

    Our scientific work is at the heart of what we do and to reflect this, we have made some changes to our Senior Management and created the new post of a Chief Scientific Advisor for Marine (CSAM). We are delighted that our former Head of Science, Professor Colin Moffat, has taken up a new post as the...

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  • Salmon Smolt Surveying on the Sunbeam

    11th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0718H – MFV Sunbeam FR487 Duration: 04-16 May 2018 Scientific gear: Smolt trawl, Thyboron type 15vf pelagic trawl doors (6m2), Dyneema sweep rig and Fenders (dia 300mm with 215kg buoyancy) attached 4 per side of the trawl. Video frame/box incorporating pit tag detector. Self-contained underwater camera systems. Objectives: To undertake smolt trawl surveys in...

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