Joint monitoring of Scottish Marine Protected Areas
19th August 2022 by Marine Scotland Communications
Our science colleagues joined with JNCC recently to conduct a monitoring trip of the West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area.
Permanent protection for flapper skate
1st February 2022 by Marine Scotland Communications
A consultation has been launched to gather views on making a Marine Protected Area (MPA) which is protecting the critically endangered flapper skate in the Inner Sound of Skye, permanent.
Collaboration is key for science
27th August 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
Nephrops norvegicus, commonly known as langoustine or Dublin bay prawn, is the second most valuable seafood species landed in Scotland, and was worth over £80 million in 2019.
Critically endangered flapper skate study
14th July 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
This week is Shark Week and today we’re celebrating Shark Awareness Day. Did you know that there are over 30 species of sharks, skates and rays recorded in Scottish waters? Sharks are part of the elasmobranch family, which includes skates and rays. The flapper skate is the most endangered skate species in the North East Atlantic.
Engaging the fishing industry in marine environmental survey and monitoring
16th March 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
Surveys using local information from fishers have been used to better understand marine life in and around Scotland’s network of Marine Protected Areas.
Nature of Scotland Awards Countdown
24th November 2020 by Marine Scotland Communications
With the Nature of Scotland awards taking place tomorrow we’re excited for all the nominees that have been shortlisted, but especially so for our colleagues!
Sharks, skates and rays
13th August 2020 by Marine Scotland Communications
It’s shark week and with over 30 species of sharks, skates and rays recorded in Scottish waters there’s a lot to celebrate! Sharks are part of the elasmobranch family, which also includes skates and rays. Elasmobranchs differ from other fish in the sea by having a skeletal structure made out of cartilage as opposed to…
Skate Research: Survey in the Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura MPA
19th September 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
MRV Alba na Mara Survey: 1619A Programme Duration: 24-30 September 2019 Background and Objectives: Survey 1619A will conduct a benthic survey of juvenile common skate within and around the Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (hereafter referred to as MPA). The primary objective of survey 1619A is to assess the…
Half-way there! Monitoring the West Shetland Shelf
9th September 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
MRV Scotia Survey: 1219S (Times given are in Coordinated Universal Time (abbreviated to UTC), 24-hour format throughout.) With a full complement of staff aboard, including 19 officers and crew and a team of 11 scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS), the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the National Museum of Scotland, MRV Scotia departed…
All Eyes on New Worm Species
18th June 2019 by Marine Scotland Communications
There’s a worm at the bottom of the sea – and it’s been discovered off the Scottish coast by a team of scientists from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and Thomson Environmental Consultants. But this isn’t an ordinary worm – the newcomer has a unique anatomy with its eyes in…