Marine Scotland

  • Smolts on the Sunbeam

    23rd May 2019 by

    1419H Sunbeam picture

    Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) are currently undertaking a smolt survey aboard the Fraserburgh pelagic trawler Sunbeam (FR487). The survey runs from 10 – 19 May 2019. The main objective is to survey salmon and sea trout smolt migration routes at various points both inshore and offshore (approx. 45 nmiles) along the Scottish east...

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  • Small Isles MPA’s

    21st May 2019 by

    MRV Alba na Mara Programme Survey 0819A Duration: 18 May – 4 June 2019 Equipment: Hybrid drop/lander frame + calibration mesh HD TV system + lights (5 plastic cages) Armoured cable + spare + axle stands & bar Stereo TV system Day grab + table + 2 × sieve drawers EK60 calibration equipment Background and Objectives:...

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  • Monks, Megs and More…

    20th May 2019 by

    Genesis 1219H Crew 2

    The second leg of the Monkfish Survey (1219H) departed a sunny Scrabster on the MFV Genesis on Sunday 28th April. It was a 36 hour steam out to Rockall, which gave us plenty of time for some beauty sleep.  We then began fishing on Tuesday in some fine, calm conditions. The aim of the survey...

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  • Smolt Trawl Survey with the Sunbeam

    16th May 2019 by

    1419H Figure 1 Previous survey hauls in relation to wind farm sites of interest and some of the likely smolt migration routes

    MFV Sunbeam FR487 Survey: 1419H Programme Duration: 10-19 May 2019 Scientific Gear: Smolt trawl, Thyboron type 15vf pelagic trawl doors (6m2), Dyneema sweep rig and Fenders (300mm diameter with 215kg buoyancy) attached four per side of the trawl. Video frame/box incorporating pit tag detector. Self-contained underwater camera systems. New Åkrehamn Trålbøteri fish-lift aquarium system incorporating...

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  • Demersal Data Collection

    15th May 2019 by

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    MFV Genesis BF505 Survey: 1119H Survey Programme Duration: 9-17 May 2019 Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195 Objectives: Undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) ICES area IVA and VIA Record and map distributions of Megrim (Lepidorhombus wiffiagonis), Four-Spot Megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii) Cod (Gadus morhua), Blue Skate (Dipturus...

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  • Grabbing Samples at Decommissioned Murchison

    14th May 2019 by

    Scotia at Sea

    MRV Scotia Survey: 0619S Programme Duration: 28 April – 05 May 2019 Equipment: Day grab; Sieve table; TV drop frame with lasers; Armoured cable; Multibeam echosounder system; Sound Velocity Profile (SVP); Time-lapse cameras; and Associated moorings. Objectives Assess the macro benthic ecology of drill cuttings material using time-lapse cameras. Procedure MRV Scotia will depart from...

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  • MarPAMM Project

    13th May 2019 by

    Alba na Mara

    MRV Alba na Mara Programme Survey 0719A Duration: 13-15 May 2019 Sampling Gear & Equipment: 3 x marine mammal monitoring moorings to be deployed 80 kg clump weight Vemco VR2AR acoustic release Loggerhead DSG-ST sound recorder Chelonia C-POD   Overview: Survey 0719A aims to deploy three marine mammal and underwater noise monitoring moorings at sites in...

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  • Demersal Trawling in ICES Area IVb

    9th May 2019 by

    1219H track and trawl positions

    MFV Genesis BF505 Programme Survey: 1219H Programme Duration: 28 April – 07 May 2019 Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195 Objectives: Undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) at Rockall, ICES area IVb. Record and map distributions of Megrim (Lepidorhombus wiffiagonis), Four-Spot Megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii), Cod (Gadus morhua),...

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  • DEEPly Committed to a Thriving Oyster Population

    3rd May 2019 by

    Bonar Bridge on the Dornoch Firth

    Marine Scotland has recently been working in close partnership with the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP) initiative to make sure that a large number of molluscs are disease free. Pioneered by Glenmorangie, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and the Marine Conservation Society, the DEEP initiative was created to restore native European oysters (Ostrea edulis) to...

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  • Engaging the Fishing Industry in Marine Environmental Survey and Monitoring – Part 2

    30th April 2019 by

    Mat of herring spawn

    Marine Scotland has been leading this EMFF-funded project which is aimed at involving fishing vessels in MPA monitoring. This is a joint project between Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. The project is managed by Seascope Fisheries Research Ltd, with Charlotte Johnston of Crangon Ltd providing monitoring survey expertise. This is the second in a...

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