Marine Scotland

  • Collecting PAM’s things

    20th November 2017 by

    Alba na Mara

    Duration: 18-27 November 2017 Gear: Surface and subsurface PAM moorings Objectives: To retrieve a series of moorings comprising dhan buoys (eight surface marked moorings) or acoustic release systems (22 subsurface moorings) and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (30 C-POD and 10 SM2M/SM3M) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme (see...

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  • Testing the water with an International Bottom Trawl Survey

    13th November 2017 by

    Duration: 13 November – 3 December 2017 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT137) and ground gear D (hoppers) Objectives: To participate in the ICES co-ordinated western division demersal trawling survey. To obtain temperature and salinity data profiles at each trawling position. To collect additional biological data in connection with the EU data collection framework (DCF). Procedures:...

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  • At Loggerheads with PAM

    6th November 2017 by

    Alba na Mara

    Duration: 6-13 November 2017 Gear: Sub-surface passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) moorings. Objectives: To retrieve a previously deployed series of moorings comprising acoustic release systems (eight subsurface acoustic release moorings) and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (eight C-POD and three Loggerhead broadband units). Nine moorings were deployed originally however, one of these (Soay) has...

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  • Looking for flatfish with the Sir John Murray

    30th October 2017 by

    Catches

    Duration: 31 October – 8 November 2017 Sampling Gear: Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) – 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end SEPA – Demersal trawl with 50 mm cod-end SEPA – Day grab and table Marine Scotland Science (MSS) – Catamaran and neuston net Objectives: To undertake flatfish and sediment sampling in the...

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  • Where do fish live?

    23rd October 2017 by

    Last week,  our scientists were involved in a programme aimed at providing fine-scale data on the habitat associations of cod, haddock and whiting at a key period in their life history – following the transition from pelagic to demersal habitat. The programme also provided them with an opportunity to add to the fish trap and fixed-position baited underwater...

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  • Jointly Surveying Marine Protected Areas

    20th October 2017 by

    Duration: 20 October – 9 November 2017 Fishing Gear TV drop frame and wiring harness TV sledge and wiring harness Valeport mini-CTD 0.25m2 USNEL BSL Box core 0.1m mini Hamon grab 0.1m Day Grab (backup) 0.1m Van Veen Grab (backup) Background Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) will undertake an...

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  • Clyde Herring Acoustic Survey

    18th October 2017 by

    Alba na Mara

    Duration: 20 October – 3 November 2017   Sampling Equipment: PT154, CTD Objectives: To conduct an acoustic survey designed to survey both the open and enclosed areas of the Clyde to ultimately provide an estimate of the abundance and distribution of herring and sprat. To obtain samples of herring and sprat for biological analysis, including...

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  • Clyde 2020 – Sampling the sediment

    11th October 2017 by

    Alba na Mara

    Duration: 13-17 October 2017 Fishing Gear: Craib corer Day Grab – 0.1m2 Autosieve (0.5mm & 1mm mesh sieves) CTD Objectives: To map spatial distribution of sediment characteristics, infauna composition, pore-water nutrients and organic matter content within the inner Firth of Clyde, Clyde sea lochs and Clyde Estuary. To map the relationship between mean particle grain...

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  • The Scotia went to CTD to see what she could ADCP

    25th September 2017 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Duration: 6-16 October 2017 Gear Sea-Bird CTDs (Conductivity, Pressure & Depth), ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) instrumentation and AL-200 frame, water filtering equipment, bacteria sampling and experimental equipment, including bacterial culture equipment with CO2 gas enrichment (HWU), mooring equipment and recovery trawl. Objectives Test the CTD in the Buchan Deep off Peterhead  Perform hydrographic sampling...

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  • Surveying Scotland’s Priority Marine Features

    15th September 2017 by

    Alba na Mara

    Duration: 21 September – 10 October 2017 Gear New drop/lander frame + calibration mesh HD TV system + lights Armoured cable + spare + axle stands Stereo TV system  Background and Objectives 1617A will survey the waters around the Small Isles Marine Protected Area (MPA). The primary objective of this survey is to survey monitoring...

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