Supporting a collaborative approach to tackling marine litter
24th September 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
During Recycle Week (20-26 September) we are revisiting support the Scottish Government has provided to businesses and projects to enhance the protection, value and enjoyment of our marine environment.
Monitoring plastic beach litter
21st September 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
Beaches in the north east of Scotland were up to six times cleaner between 2019 and 2020 compared to previous surveys in the area, a new scientific paper has found.
Does marine litter concern correlate with changing habits?
27th July 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
Does marine litter concern correlate with changing habits? Our colleagues conducted a study on this subject – they share their insights here.
Plastic Free July
13th July 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
Today is Plastic Bag Free Day, a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags. So, to acknowledge this day, we’d like to highlight some of the important work that we, in Marine Scotland, do to reduce the amount of plastic and marine litter from entering our amazing aquatic environment.
King Scallop Surveys in the Clyde
7th October 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
MRV Alba na Mara Survey: 1719A Programme Duration: 4 – 18 October 2019 Objectives: Carry out a dredge survey of king scallops in the Clyde. Age, measure and assess shell damage for all king scallops caught. Collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. Identify and quantify all starfish species in all…
Rockall Haddock Survey
16th September 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
MRV Scotia Survey: 1319S Programme – Rockall Haddock Survey Duration: 14-26 September 2019 Fishing Gear: GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear D Other Gear: CTD (Conductivity Temperature Depth) – Seabird 19+ Van Veen Grab Objectives: Undertake a bottom trawl survey of haddock on Rockall Bank to a depth of 350 m. Deploy…
Scallops, Starfish and Heavy Metal
24th June 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
MRV Alba na Mara Survey: 1019A Programme Duration: 15 June – 04 July 2019 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives: Carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the East Coast. Age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. Collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. Identify and quantify numbers…
The Wider Picture – OCSAM Goes Stateside!
27th February 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
Dr Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Officer Marine (OCSAM), recently visited the United Nations in New York. Here he talks about what he was doing there: “There is little doubt about the criticality of sound evidence to ensure that our decisions are appropriate. In Scotland we have a reasonable volume of data and information for some…
Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls – An Update
21st January 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
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…
Reviewing our Year of Science
18th January 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
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…