Marine Scotland

  • Sustainable Shipping for World Maritime Day

    24th September 2020 by

    Marine protection vessel Hirta. Crown copyright

    What is MARPOL? MARPOL, or to give it its full title – the International Convention For The Prevention of Pollution From Ships – was first adopted by the International Maritime Organisation in 1973 after a spate of oil and chemical tanker incidents resulted in vast amounts of pollution being created in the world’s oceans. In...

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  • Plastic Bag Free Day

    3rd July 2020 by

    Today is Plastic Bag Free Day, a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags. So, to acknowledge this day, we’d like to highlight some of the important work that we, in Marine Scotland, do to reduce the amount of plastic and marine litter from entering our amazing aquatic environment.

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  • Time for Some Marine Themed Fun

    2nd April 2020 by

    If you’re stuck for some fun, educational things to do at the moment then look no further than our Marine Education Zone. Below, our Comms Team has recommended some of their favourite Marine Scotland themed resources to keep boredom at bay – so check them out and share your creations. You can tweet your finished...

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  • Sampling with Sir John

    12th November 2019 by

    MRV Sir John Murray Programme Survey: 0119SJM Duration: 11-19 November 2019 Sampling Gear: 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end – Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Demersal trawl with 50 mm cod-end – SEPA Day grab and table – SEPA Catamaran and neuston net – Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Nisken water bottle – MSS...

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  • Mud, Fish and Marine Litter

    23rd January 2019 by

    Bass Rock from survey 0119S

    The first survey of the year for the MRV Scotia (0119S) involved sailing around Scotland for two weeks collecting a range of samples such as: water, fish, mud, marine litter. Below is a picture of the team obviously looking forward to being away for two weeks. The Scotia sailed from Leith on a surprisingly calm...

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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls – An Update

    21st January 2019 by

    Alba na Mara

    After a timely departure from Fraserburgh on Saturday the 5th of January, Alba na Mara sailed for the west coast to carry out underwater TV work on Nephrops grounds. The first task involved deploying a time lapse camera, attached to a large frame, in Upper Loch Torridon.  This was followed by a short steam to...

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  • Reviewing our Year of Science

    18th January 2019 by

    Trawling for smolts MRV Scotia. Photo by Ross Gardiner © Crown copyright

    Today sees the publication of our Annual Science Review for 2017/18. The Review, which highlights the impacts and achievements of Marine Scotland Science (MSS), details the overall contribution and support that our scientists make to the work of Marine Scotland. During this period we have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and supported more than 75...

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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls

    16th January 2019 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Survey: 0119A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 05 – 21 January 2019 Objectives: Calibrate the RoxAnn Acoustic Seabed Mapping System. Obtain video footage to estimate Nephrops burrow entrance size. Compare two different methodologies to establish Nephrops burrow abundance using the sledge and drop frame underwater TV (UWTV) systems. Monitor burrow reconstruction following trawl activity. Trial...

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  • St Andrews Bay on St Andrews Day

    14th December 2018 by

    1918A Forth Bridge pic2

    Survey: 1918A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 November – 3 December 2018 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; Catamaran, and Neuston trawl net. On 29th November Alba na Mara departed Leith at 07:00 hrs to sail up the Forth Estuary and...

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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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