Marine Scotland

  • Location, Location, Location

    13th August 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey: 1218A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 13-22 August 2018 Gear: Subsurface Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Moorings Objectives: To retrieve and deploy a series of acoustic release systems (19 subsurface moorings) with attached acoustic recording devices (19 C-POD, 6 SM2M and 1 sound recorder) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme and...

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  • Trawling with the Data Collectors

    10th August 2018 by

    Scotia at Sea

    Survey: 1118S MRV Scotia Duration: 28 July – 17 August 2018 Fishing Gear: Grande Overture Verticale (GOV) trawl (BT 137) with Ground Gear A and B Objectives: Complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV. Obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station using...

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  • Sampling and Surveying the Sea Lochs

    2nd August 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey: 1118A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 27 July – 07 August 2018 Gear: Day grabs (x 2) – supplied by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Craib corer – supplied by MSS Drop-down video frame – supplied by Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mooring. Objectives: The objectives of this survey...

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  • Testing the Water with the MRV Scotia

    20th July 2018 by

    Scotia at Sea

    Survey: 1018S MRV Scotia Duration: 21-25 July 2018 Objectives: Deploy an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) drone from Scotia to monitor turbulence in the Pentland Firth over the MeyGen site, at the South end of Stroma. Record distribution of seabirds/mammals. Record multi-frequency acoustic data using the on board Simrad EK60 scientific echosounder. Record data using the...

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  • Scallop Stock Assessment

    6th July 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey: 1018A Duration: 4-23 July 2018 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the East Coast. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. To identify and quantify numbers of starfish species in...

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  • An Egg Hunt of Large Proportions

    28th June 2018 by

    Returning back into Loch Broom enroute to Ullapool – 0118H Survey

    Survey: 0118H MRV Altaire (Part 3) Duration: 22nd May 2018 – 6th June 2018 This survey was tasked with providing answers to one very simple but, up to now, unanswered question. How much further west of the current survey extent would a mackerel egg survey need to go to secure a mackerel spawning boundary, in other...

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  • Live and Acoustic with Herring and the Sprats

    26th June 2018 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Survey: 0918S Duration: 28 June – 20 July 2018 Sampling Gear: Midwater trawls PT160 x 3; Demersal trawl (BT237); Seabird 19plus CTD; GoPro cameras x 2 with underwater housings and lights; and Scanmar trawl eye sensor. Objectives: To conduct an acoustic survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of herring in the north western North...

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  • Today is the day of the Seafarer

    25th June 2018 by

    MFV Altaire

    Today is the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ and to celebrate, we wanted to share a very special poem penned by our resident bard, net rigger and father of two Matt Kinghorn. It’s a little something for all of you who work at sea. Day of the Seafarer It’s not easy you know, going to sea, Maybe for some...

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  • Multi-tasking with the Scotia: Part 2

    22nd June 2018 by

    Scotia at Sea

    The second week on the Nephrops TV survey on Scotia was considerably less eventful than the first – thankfully! The work progressed well having travelled through the North Minch recovering and then deploying another COMPASS cetacean mooring at the Shiants, and then working down past Uist and Barra, replacing a third COMPASS mooring en route....

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  • What’s at our Disposal? The latest from the research vessel Alba na mara

    20th June 2018 by

    Alba na Mara

    Survey: 0918A Duration: 18 June – 1 July 2018 Sampling Gear: TV drop frame, TV winch and cable, 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...

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