Marine Scotland

  • 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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  • Go west….to Greenland!

    13th September 2018 by

    We’re excited about bringing you this next blog. Sean, who you’ll read about below, is taking part in a West Greenland Salmon Sampling trip. But what is it and why is sampling done in Greenland? Read on to find out….  Welcome to my West Greenland Salmon Sampling Photo Blog My name is Sean Dugan and…

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  • Trawling with the Data Collectors

    10th August 2018 by

    Survey: 1118S MRV Scotia Duration: 28 July – 17 August 2018 Fishing Gear: Grande Overture Verticale (GOV) trawl (BT 137) with Ground Gear A and B Objectives: Complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV. Obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station using…

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  • Inspecting a freezing Afrika

    9th August 2018 by

    On the 16th of July a boarding party from MPV Jura, including two trainees, carried out a routine inspection of the Dutch pelagic freezer trawler ‘Afrika’ to the east of Fair Isle. The ‘Afrika’ is big vessel – 126m long with 11 refrigerated seawater tanks (RSW) onboard, giving her a total capacity of over 690m³. A…

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  • Introducing the European Marine Biological Resource Centre

    25th June 2018 by

    On the 19th of June 2018, the European Marine Biological Resource Centre celebrated its adoption as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EMBRC-ERIC). Hosted by France and based in Paris, EMBRC-ERIC is a pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) for marine biology and ecology research, providing state of the art facilities, technology platforms and advanced services to study…

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  • Significant Celebrations for Scottish Freshwater Organisations

    9th May 2018 by

    2018 is looking to be quite a significant year for two organisations at the core of freshwater research in Scotland. Marine Scotland Science’s Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory (FFL) at Faskally in Pitlochry, has just celebrated its 70th anniversary and the Scottish Freshwater Group (SFG) has just turned 50. Freshwater fisheries research has been a Government responsibility…

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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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  • A new study shows that the seabed landscape crucial for fish conservation

    12th December 2017 by

    A new study, led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and Marine Scotland Science and that is published in PLOS ONE, demonstrates the importance of protecting different seabed landscapes in order to maintain a healthy and diverse stock of fish, including cod, haddock and whiting. Currently nature conservation and…

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  • New report published on Scottish Scallop Stocks: Results of 2016 Stock Assessments

    4th December 2017 by

    Today we’ve published the latest in its Scottish Marine & Freshwater Science series – Scottish Scallop Stocks: Results of 2016 Stock Assessments. Scallops are an important species for the Scottish fishing industry. The Scottish commercial dredge fishery for king scallop (Pecten maximus) began in the 1930s in the Clyde. It has since expanded around the coast…

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  • Clyde Herring Acoustic Survey

    18th October 2017 by

    Duration: 20 October – 3 November 2017   Sampling Equipment: PT154, CTD Objectives: To conduct an acoustic survey designed to survey both the open and enclosed areas of the Clyde to ultimately provide an estimate of the abundance and distribution of herring and sprat. To obtain samples of herring and sprat for biological analysis, including…

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