7th December 2011 by sfraser
The monitoring blog has been relatively silent over the last number of months. This does not mean that monitoring has stopped at the Marine Scotland monitoring sites. Scientists working on this project have been busy performing the sampling trips and analysing samples that have been collected. Regular posts to the blog will begin again shortly.
7th November 2011 by admin
Sampling was completed at Stonehaven this week by Matthew Geldart and Katy Urquhart for the first time in three weeks for a whole series of reasons. The Temora is no different to any other machine and requires maintenance to be carried out at regular intervals. The jobs this time around however required the vessel to...
4th October 2011 by admin
There has been a training programme going on at Stonehaven and at the laboratory, to train a significant number of new personnel and ensure that techniques and procedures are of a high standard. This is going very well although the poor weather at sea has caused quite a bit of disruption to the sampling programme....
23rd August 2011 by admin
On returning to port after completing the standard climate change monitoring sampling the Temora was met by a retired couple who were very obviously on holiday. They were Mr and Mrs Mc Clellan who live approx ten kilometres outside Temora in New South Wales in Australia. While researching their holiday in Scotland on the internet,...
18th August 2011 by admin
Non-native species (or “alien species”) are introduced outside of their natural past or present distribution – sometimes by human action. The term, Non-native species cover a wide range of different species from microscopic animals and plants to quite large species such as seaweeds, sea squirt, and crustaceans. Marine Scotland Science has prepared a document that...
3rd August 2011 by michaelpenston
In a glassy sea with a long unpleasant swell below leaden skies, we were treated to the sight of a medium sized Minke whale, and some common dolphins. That coupled with the large flocks of seabirds (mainly fulmars and gannets) sitting on the surface made the job in hand, i.e. sampling, all the more interesting. Some...
28th July 2011 by michaelpenston
A study undertaken to assess whether there is in an inshore to offshore gradient in the biological, chemical and physical parameters near Stonehaven on the north east coast of Scotland has recently been published (click here).
19th July 2011 by michaelpenston
I recently blogged of swarms of jellyfish occurring in the waters east of Stonehaven during summertime. Well, not only can masses of jellies shut down a power station (e.g. Torness Power Station at the end of last month), but they can also cause ships to have downtime too. Whilst out monitoring today the crew and...
27th June 2011 by michaelpenston
The seascape was monochromatically grey today. The only relief from the shades of grey were the distant green fields on the land and the occasional pink patches in the sea caused by dense aggregations of jellyfish.
16th June 2011 by michaelpenston
Occasional jellyfish were spotted during sampling this week reminding us that they will be getting more and more abundant as the water warms over the summer (see photo of lots of jellyfish in the sea near Stonehaven last year). Some reports suggest a global increase in the abundance of jellyfish. The EU funded project EcoJel...