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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  • 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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  • Storm Frank Makes its Mark in SCObs Monitoring Data

    27th July 2018 by

    Aberdeen may be in the midst of a summer heatwave but scientists in Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have seen the footprint of Storm Frank while performing an in-depth quality check of data from the Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) last week. Storm Frank impacted Scotland from 28th – 30th Dec 2015 bringing wide spread flooding and destruction…

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  • Bright lights; Big fish trials

    2nd March 2018 by

    Survey: 0318A Duration: 8-22 March 2018 Equipment: BT 201 Prawn net – rigged with separator grid and two 80mm codends; Trawl doors, sweeps, bridles, backstrops and pennants; Spare netting and twine; Safety-Net Technologies light unit; PSL5000 light unit x 2; Lindgren Pitman Electralume light x10; 4 x 10m side emitting light cables; Battery pods; Video…

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  • IA2017 – Eutrophication is still a problem in some areas

    18th September 2017 by

    Eutrophication is the result of excessive enrichment of water with nutrients. This can cause accelerated growth of algae (phytoplankton) and plants. This may result in an undesirable disturbance to the balance of organisms present and ultimately to a decline in the overall water quality. Eutrophication is not always a local problem. Water masses continuously move…

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  • IA2017 – New developments in the way biodiversity is assessed

    11th September 2017 by

    OSPAR is committed to protecting and conserving ecosystems and biodiversity through the management of human activities, guided by an ecosystem-based approach to management. The development of internationally coordinated biodiversity indicators is a relatively new field for OSPAR. In the Quality Status Report 2010, OSPAR assessed ten ecological quality objectives developed for the North Sea which…

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  • IA2017 – Marine litter is a problem

    4th September 2017 by

    OSPAR has assessed the occurrence of marine litter in all regions within its Maritime Area, except for the Wider Atlantic where there is poor data availability. Marine litter, in particular plastic, is abundant on beaches, in the water column and on the seafloor. Marine litter also affects biota, as indicated by the levels in North…

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  • IA2017 – Mixed signals for marine mammals

    28th August 2017 by

    The abundance and condition of marine mammals, as top predators, can help indicate the state of the marine ecosystem. As was also the case at the time of the last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR 2010), harbour seal and grey seal populations are generally stable or increasing in most assessed areas although some harbour seal…

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  • IA2017 – Cooperation ensures progress

    21st August 2017 by

    The OSPAR Commission is the competent regional organisation guiding international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. Through the global circulation of water and air, the North-East Atlantic is connected to, and impacted by, events in other parts of the world. As such, collaboration among governments and between government scientists,…

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