104 returned results for 'Alba na Mara'

  • Collecting PAM’s things

    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…

    20th November 2017

  • At Loggerheads with PAM

    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…

    6th November 2017

  • Clyde Herring Acoustic Survey

    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…

    18th October 2017

  • Scallop Dredging and Octopus Spotting

    Last month our Ships Co-ordinator joined the Alba na Mara for a day to observe colleagues during the East Coast Scallop Dredging Survey 0917A. The aim of this visit was to get a better understanding of the scallop dredging process, the equipment and techniques used, and the challenges associated with this sampling method. The feedback…

    14th July 2017

  • There be prawns!

    Earlier, we posted information about the 7th research survey that our research vessel, the Alba na Mara was doing. Here we have the final blog from the Scientist in Charge on that survey, Adrian Weetman: Following the long journey from Fladen to the west coast on Monday 12th June, the annual Nephrops Under Water TV Survey began working in…

    22nd June 2017

  • Marine engineers develop a new drop frame and camera system

    Marine Scotland Engineering staff have a history of building bespoke kit for scientists over a number of years. Most recently they have been working on the research vessel Alba na Mara to develop a new drop frame and stereo image system to increase our benthic monitoring capabilities. This system is used by both Marine Scotland scientists and…

    9th December 2016

  • Listening for Marine Mammals

    The East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study (ECOMMAS) array continued collecting data in 2016. On the 28th of April Alba na Mara sailed from Fraserburgh to deploy moorings at 10 station locations along the Scottish East Coast. The trip lasted 10 days and all the moorings were deployed successfully. The marine mammal listening array extends…

    3rd June 2016

  • MRV Sir John Murray: Survey 0215SJM Programme

    Duration: 16-22 November 2015 Sampling Gear: SEPA-provided 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; SEPA-provided bottom trawl with 50 mm cod-end; SEPA-provided Day grab and table; MSS-provided catamaran and manta neuston net; and MSS-provided bongo nets for plankton sampling. Objectives:  To undertake flatfish and sediment sampling in the Clyde and Solway in support of…

    17th November 2015

  • New collaborative deep sea survey: Hatton-Rockall Basin

    In the last year, a new initiative has made Marine Scotland Science’s research vessels, the MRVs Scotia and Alba na Mara, available for use by the MASTS community for specific research projects. This month, the first of these projects becomes operational. A partnership between Marine Scotland Science (MSS), SAMS, Aberdeen University and British Geological Survey has been created as part of…

    13th July 2015

  • Marine Scotland Science colleagues mentor Product Design student

    For the fifth year in a row, Marine Scotland Science colleague John Dunn has mentored a PDE (Product Design Engineering) student from Glasgow School of Art. This year’s student, William Balloch, had the task of designing a better chlorophyll filtering system for use on board research vessels. Given the importance of this particular job and the volumes…

    17th June 2015