Marine Scotland

  • 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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  • Let’s Go Fly a Kite

    17th September 2018 by

    Survey: 1418A MRV Alba na Mara Programme This survey will be executed in two parts during the window of 12th September to the 25th September 2018. Part One Objectives: Live fish capture for tank based trials in our Fish Behaviour Unit (FBU); and Trialing new Vonin ‘Flyer’ headline kites. Part Two Objectives: Recover (VR2Tx) salmon…

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  • A Tall Ship Amongst the Nephrops

    14th September 2018 by

    Survey: 1318A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 25th August – 10th September 2018 Another busy week of TV deployments aboard Alba na Mara for the Nephrops Underwater TV (UWTV) Survey. This weeks efforts were concentrated in the Firth of Forth where we managed a total of 56 TV stations and two fishing operations. Poor visibility…

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  • Reality TV at its Best

    6th September 2018 by

    Survey: 1318A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 25th August – 10th September 2018 MRV Alba na Mara left Fraserburgh on Sunday the 26th of August, a day later than planned due to poor weather, to begin survey 1318A – the ‘Annual Nephrops Underwater TV (UWTV) Survey’. The areas to be covered are Moray Firth and…

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  • How Mature are Nephrops?

    4th September 2018 by

    Survey : 1318A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 25 August – 10 September 2018 Objectives: Obtain estimates of the distribution and abundance of Nephrops burrows in the Firth of Forth and the Moray Firth using underwater cameras. Use the TV footage to record the occurrence of other benthic fauna and evidence of commercial trawling activity….

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  • Location, Location, Location

    13th August 2018 by

    Survey: 1218A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 13-22 August 2018 Gear: Subsurface Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Moorings Objectives: To retrieve and deploy a series of acoustic release systems (19 subsurface moorings) with attached acoustic recording devices (19 C-POD, 6 SM2M and 1 sound recorder) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme and…

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  • Sampling and Surveying the Sea Lochs

    2nd August 2018 by

    Survey: 1118A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 27 July – 07 August 2018 Gear: Day grabs (x 2) – supplied by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Craib corer – supplied by MSS Drop-down video frame – supplied by Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mooring. Objectives: The objectives of this survey…

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  • Scallop Stock Assessment

    6th July 2018 by

    Survey: 1018A Duration: 4-23 July 2018 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the East Coast. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. To identify and quantify numbers of starfish species in…

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  • What’s at our Disposal? The latest from the research vessel Alba na mara

    20th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0918A Duration: 18 June – 1 July 2018 Sampling Gear: TV drop frame, TV winch and cable, 2 x day grabs and RoxAnn. Objectives To undertake grab, underwater television (UTV) and RoxAnn surveys of sea disposal sites and assess the condition of the seabed, identify the predominant benthic epifauna species, and the distribution of…

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  • Benthic Biotopes in Barra

    11th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0818A Duration: 8 – 14 June 2018 Gear: Seatronics drop frame (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire Seatronics lights (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire HD TV system + lights (5 plastic cages) Armoured cable + spare + axle stands & bar Day grab + table + 2 x sieve drawers Background…

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