Marine Scotland

  • Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day

    23rd April 2020 by

    To celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day we have a guest blog post to share with you from our very own Librarian, Helen McGregor.  Take it away Helen! *************************************************************************** “Books are your ticket to the whole world. The library is the key. That is where the escape tunnel is. All of the knowledge of...

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  • New Blue Carbon Resource for Marine Scientists

    24th February 2020 by

    Two new science reports have been published today by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) that will be used to improve our understanding and management of Blue Carbon; carbon found stored beneath the sea in sediment, shells and living plants. One is a collaborative project with University of St Andrews ‘Re-Evaluating Scotland’s Sedimentary Carbon Stocks’ and the...

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  • New metrics report measures up for assessing the effects of offshore wind on Scotland’s seabird populations

    22nd December 2017 by

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    Marine Scotland has undertaken a great deal of research to understand how the development of offshore renewables may affect protected seabird species. Central to this work is an assessment of the consequences at population-level, with an important focus on the use of Population Viability Analysis (PVA). The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) have produced...

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  • Where are the seals around the UK?

    21st December 2017 by

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    Today, Marine Scotland published a new report in the Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science series on research commissioned from the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) to produce updated maps of grey and harbour seal distribution in UK waters. Using a combination of telemetry data from seal tags between 1991 and 2016, and haul out counts of...

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  • Improvements in detecting toxic phytoplankton

    18th December 2017 by

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    A new report has been published in the Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science series which details the findings from a new study on toxic phytoplankton. Toxic phytoplankton are a potential threat to the aquaculture industry because of the risk of food product contamination. Shellfish such as mussels for example can accumulate those toxins and become...

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  • New report published on Scottish Scallop Stocks: Results of 2016 Stock Assessments

    4th December 2017 by

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    Today we’ve published the latest in its Scottish Marine & Freshwater Science series – Scottish Scallop Stocks: Results of 2016 Stock Assessments. Scallops are an important species for the Scottish fishing industry. The Scottish commercial dredge fishery for king scallop (Pecten maximus) began in the 1930s in the Clyde. It has since expanded around the coast...

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  • Keeping an eye on the coastline with SCObs

    23rd January 2017 by

    Scientists in Marine Scotland, along with a small group of voluntary citizen-scientists, have been monitoring the physics, chemistry and biology at multiple sites in Scotland’s coastal waters since 1997. The sites monitored, shown on the left, include Millport, Mallaig, Loch   Maddy, Loch Ewe, Scapa, Fair Isle, Scalloway, Cromarty, East Coast and Stonehaven. Consistent ecological time series of data...

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  • How do seals interact with shipping vessels?

    17th October 2016 by

    As shipping activity continues to increase around the world, understanding the way that marine mammals interact with vessels is of particular importance. Such concerns generally relate to potential harmful effects of increased shipping noise on marine mammals and the potential for physical injury due to collisions. This is a particular issue for harbour seals (Phoca...

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  • Calculating shellfish stock figures

    22nd June 2016 by

    A new Scottish Marine & Freshwater Science report has been published looking at indicators of changes for Scottish shellfish stocks. Shellfish are important to Scottish fisheries – a total of 61 544 tonnes of shellfish with a value of £150 million were landed by Scottish vessels in 2014. However, for many shellfish stocks, the limited biological data and...

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  • Round-up of the latest Scottish Marine & Freshwater Science publications

    23rd March 2016 by

    March has seen a bumper number of Scottish Marine & Freshwater Science publications being released. In case you’ve missed any, here they are: Measurement of Hearing in the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar): Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 7 No 11 Collection of Data to Inform the Implementation of a Discards Ban: Scottish Marine and...

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