Marine Scotland

  • 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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  • Madeira. It’s not all about cake.

    4th August 2017 by

    Madeira is a small (801 km2) volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean, almost due west of Marrakesh.  With a total population not much larger than that of Aberdeen, this island relies heavily on tourism.  In this context, it is perhaps not that surprising, that marine litter is something which they want to highlight. When I…

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  • The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic: A nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference

    26th July 2017 by

    Over the last month New Zealand’s Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) has been hosting a conference to address social and environmental issues surrounding: toxicity, waste and plastic. The only difference being that this conference was a nearly carbon-neutral conference being held entirely online. While traditional conferences involve academics flying from all over the…

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  • Keeping the Beaches Clean in Aberdeen

    17th March 2017 by

    In the next few days some colleagues will be donning their gloves, picking up their biodegradable bags and heading out around the beaches of Aberdeen in an effort to rid the shores of unsightly litter. The first event is organised by the Marine Conservation Society at Nigg Bay, further details are shown below. Then on…

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  • Ask a Scientist

    31st January 2017 by

    Always keen to make science accessible for everyone, our colleague Dr Francis Neat recently contributed to a series of children’s books on ocean ecology.   Dr Neat was approached only last week to answer some questions, posed by children through a school project, in the “Ask a Scientist” section.   As a specialist in the habitat and…

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  • Scottish Fishermen Land 1000th Tonne of Marine Litter

    18th January 2017 by

    Our very own Professor Colin Moffat was asked recently to attend and give a short presentation at an event to celebrate the success of the KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter scheme. Supported by partners, including the Scottish Government, the Fishing for Litter scheme encourages skippers of fishing vessels to land litter they catch in their…

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  • MRV Scotia Survey 0117S Programme

    4th January 2017 by

    Duration: 4-19 January 2017 Fishing gear: BT 137 with Ground gear E; Sediment Sampling: Day grab and sieves; Litter sampling: Catamaran neuston trawl; Plankton net; Water sampling: Aquatracka fluorometer, Seabird 19 and sled. Objectives: To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). To collect water samples for nutrient…

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  • Get ready, get set….Explorathon!

    26th September 2016 by

    For the first time, Marine Scotland will be taking part in Explorathon; an extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment to celebrate European Researchers’ Night. This Friday events will take place during the day and night, in around 300 cities across Europe, and we can’t wait to get involved. During the day we will be in…

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  • Cleaning up for the Great British Beach Clean

    23rd September 2016 by

    Last Friday afternoon, three staff from Marine Scotland took to the beach on Greyhope Road to undertake a wee bit of beach cleaning as part of the annual ‘Great British Beach Clean’ event run by the Marine Conservation Society.  Marine Scotland has, of course, been looking after this stretch of beach for the last 18…

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