Marine Scotland

  • SCObs Weekly Sampling to Expand at St Abbs

    7th April 2017 by

    The Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) monitors the temperature, salinity, nutrients and plankton community at a number of sites around the Scottish coast. The efforts of Marine Scotland scientists are supported by a network of local citizen-scientists who deploy small temperature sensors and collect water samples for analysis.  Many of the SCObs sites have been collecting…

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  • MRV Alba na Mara Survey 0517A Programme

    6th April 2017 by

    Duration: 06 – 26 April 2017 Fishing Gear: Scallop Dredges Objectives: To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the West Coast. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. To Identify and sample additional areas of commercial interest to the scallop fishery. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial…

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  • MRV Alba na Mara Survey 0417A Programme

    24th March 2017 by

    Duration: 25 March – 03 April 2017 Gear: Surface and subsurface PAM moorings Objective: To deploy a series of moorings comprising dhan buoys (9 surface marked moorings) and acoustic release systems (21 subsurface moorings) with attached acoustic recording devices (30 C-POD and 10 SM2M) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme (see…

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  • How would you like to be a Scientist-in-Charge?

    8th March 2017 by

    I work as a physical oceanographer for Marine Scotland Science and every December I am also the Scientist-in-Charge (SiC) of the MRV Scotia’s research cruise.   Before taking over the December cruise I work-shadowed a colleague who taught me the ins-and-outs of Scotia and this type of cruise.  Funnily enough not many people are keen 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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  • Out of Doors with the Dolphins and Porpoises

    19th January 2017 by

    Last week, our Marine Mammals Specialist, Dr Kate Brookes was interviewed by Euan McIlwraith from the Out of Doors programme on Radio Scotland about the ECOMMAS project.  They had been intrigued after seeing our blog post about one of the acoustic loggers from the ECOMMAS array being found on a beach near Aberdeen harbour.  Euan…

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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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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 0117A Programme

    2nd January 2017 by

    Duration: 4-20 January 2017 Gear: Large TV drop frame; TV sledge; 1 x 600m umbilical towing cable; 1 x armoured cable; Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup); Four lasers and 60cm bracket for the drop frame; 1 x BT201 prawn trawl (plus minimal spares); Day grab and table; Prawn sorting table; and Go Pro…

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  • A Very Fortunate Find

    23rd December 2016 by

    Recently, as part of the East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study (ECOMMAS), some colleagues were out on the research vessel Alba na Mara to retrieve acoustic detectors; devices deployed and retrieved which help to build a picture of dolphin and porpoise population distribution. During the trip they searched for one particular mooring, approximately 5 km…

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