Marine Scotland

  • Scallop Stocks and Starfish Species

    29th January 2019 by

    MRV Alba na Mara Survey: 0219A Programme Duration: 24 January – 06 February 2019 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives: Carry out a survey of scallop stocks around the Shetland Islands. Age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. Collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. Identify, quantify numbers, and…

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  • Meet Mike Watson – Underwater Observation Specialist

    28th January 2019 by

    In our series of Science in Government Conference posters we now have Mike Watson – an integral part of the Engineering Group.  Mike is involved with the design, development, maintenance and operation of underwater observation systems and tells us how he overcomes some of the more challenging aspects of his job.     Further Information:…

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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls – An Update

    21st January 2019 by

    After a timely departure from Fraserburgh on Saturday the 5th of January, Alba na Mara sailed for the west coast to carry out underwater TV work on Nephrops grounds. The first task involved deploying a time lapse camera, attached to a large frame, in Upper Loch Torridon.  This was followed by a short steam to…

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  • Reviewing our Year of Science

    18th January 2019 by

    Today sees the publication of our Annual Science Review for 2017/18. The Review, which highlights the impacts and achievements of Marine Scotland Science (MSS), details the overall contribution and support that our scientists make to the work of Marine Scotland. During this period we have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and supported more than 75…

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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls

    16th January 2019 by

    Survey: 0119A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 05 – 21 January 2019 Objectives: Calibrate the RoxAnn Acoustic Seabed Mapping System. Obtain video footage to estimate Nephrops burrow entrance size. Compare two different methodologies to establish Nephrops burrow abundance using the sledge and drop frame underwater TV (UWTV) systems. Monitor burrow reconstruction following trawl activity. Trial…

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  • St Andrews Bay on St Andrews Day

    14th December 2018 by

    Survey: 1918A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 November – 3 December 2018 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; Catamaran, and Neuston trawl net. On 29th November Alba na Mara departed Leith at 07:00 hrs to sail up the Forth Estuary and…

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  • With a little help from our friends

    4th December 2018 by

    In this, the last blog of the Year of the Engineer, we wanted to show you a poster that speaks for itself, really. We heard from Matt Kinghorn, one of net riggers and poet extraordinaire, earlier in the year. Today, we bring you another one of his creations that showcases and celebrates their work. All…

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  • Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme

    30th November 2018 by

    Survey: 1918A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 November – 3 December 2018 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; Catamaran and neuston net Objectives: To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, Outer Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary (Tancred) in support of the…

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  • Clyde 2020

    22nd October 2018 by

    Survey: 1618A MRV Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 19–23 October 2018 Objectives: To determine the concentrations of floating microplastics in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary. To determine the concentrations of microplastics within the sediment in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary.   Procedure: Scientific staff…

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  • A Nurturing Home for the Juveniles

    1st October 2018 by

    Survey: 1518A MRV Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 September – 16 October 2018 Background and Objectives: The primary objective of this survey is to identify whether the availability, quality, and distribution of habitat acts as a constraint on the number of juvenile fish that can develop into adults. This study focusses on three types…

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