Marine Scotland

  • Madeira. It’s not all about cake.

    4th August 2017 by

    Madeira is a small (801 km2) volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean, almost due west of Marrakesh.  With a total population not much larger than that of Aberdeen, this island relies heavily on tourism.  In this context, it is perhaps not that surprising, that marine litter is something which they want to highlight. When I...

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  • Keeping the Beaches Clean in Aberdeen

    17th March 2017 by

    In the next few days some colleagues will be donning their gloves, picking up their biodegradable bags and heading out around the beaches of Aberdeen in an effort to rid the shores of unsightly litter. The first event is organised by the Marine Conservation Society at Nigg Bay, further details are shown below. Then on...

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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 Scotia Survey 0117S Programme

    4th January 2017 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Duration: 4-19 January 2017 Fishing gear: BT 137 with Ground gear E; Sediment Sampling: Day grab and sieves; Litter sampling: Catamaran neuston trawl; Plankton net; Water sampling: Aquatracka fluorometer, Seabird 19 and sled. Objectives: To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). To collect water samples for nutrient...

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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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  • Beaches in Scotland see a decrease of 18% in overall marine litter levels

    24th November 2016 by

    Beach Fitter results

    Readers of this blog will be aware of the work that some of our colleagues in Torry, Aberdeen, have been doing on tidying up the local beach area there. Colleagues from SEPA, SNH, JNCC and Marine Scotland have been cleaning up the area for some time now and in September, we were delighted to promote and be...

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  • Get ready, get set….Explorathon!

    26th September 2016 by

    Explorathon 2016 feature image

    For the first time, Marine Scotland will be taking part in Explorathon; an extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment to celebrate European Researchers’ Night. This Friday events will take place during the day and night, in around 300 cities across Europe, and we can’t wait to get involved. During the day we will be in...

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  • Cleaning up for the Great British Beach Clean

    23rd September 2016 by

    Last Friday afternoon, three staff from Marine Scotland took to the beach on Greyhope Road to undertake a wee bit of beach cleaning as part of the annual ‘Great British Beach Clean’ event run by the Marine Conservation Society.  Marine Scotland has, of course, been looking after this stretch of beach for the last 18...

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 1716A Programme

    20th September 2016 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 7-21 September 2016 Sampling Gear: TV drop frame; TV winch and cable; and 2 x day grabs and RoxAnn. Objectives: To undertake grab, underwater television (UTV) and RoxAnn surveys of sea disposal sites and assess the condition of the seabed, identify the predominant benthic epifauna species, and the distribution of man-made debris. Some of...

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  • Great British Beach Clean

    6th September 2016 by

    Beach cleaning

    Over the weekend of the 16th – 19th September, the Marine Conservation Society are organising their annual beach cleans all over the country. If you fancy getting involved, why not check out their website and see if there’s one happening near you? Their website also has lots of information about to what to expect on the...

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