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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  • Celebrating the Year of the Engineer – Meet Matt Kinghorn

    5th June 2018 by

    As we mentioned in our blog in January, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the course of the year, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work. This month we’ve got something...

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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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  • Celebrating Science and Year of the Young Person with Dr Campbell Pert

    24th May 2018 by

    As we mentioned in one of our earlier blogs, 2018 is both the Year of the Engineer and the Year of the Young Person – and this blog is about one of our many colleagues who are inspiring the next generation with their Outreach work. This is Campbell, our key parasitologist. What’s one of them?...

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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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  • 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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  • Predicting Suitable Habitat

    10th May 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey: 0618A – MRV Alba n Mara Duration: 5-14 May 2018 Gear: Hybrid drop/lander frame and calibration mesh; HD TV system and lights (five plastic cages); Armoured cable, spare, axle stands and bar; Stereo TV system; and Day grab, table and two sieve drawers. Background and Objectives: This survey will conduct a benthic survey of southern,...

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