Marine Scotland

  • MRV Scotia 0120S – latest news

    20th January 2020 by

    Here we go again! Like every January for the past 20+ years, our group set off on the Scotia from Leith to collect flat fish, mud, and more recently microplastics. This year, we will remain along the coast whilst having a fair distance to travel (see map below). Alongside the usual sampling sites we also…

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  • Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme Firth of Forth

    29th November 2019 by

    MRV Alba na Mara Programme   Survey: 2119A   Duration: 28 November – 2 December 2019   Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end Day grab and table Catamaran and neuston net   Objectives: To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, Inner Firth of Forth and…

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  • Mud, Fish and Marine Litter

    23rd January 2019 by

    The first survey of the year for the MRV Scotia (0119S) involved sailing around Scotland for two weeks collecting a range of samples such as: water, fish, mud, marine litter. Below is a picture of the team obviously looking forward to being away for two weeks. The Scotia sailed from Leith on a surprisingly calm…

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  • Reviewing our Year of Science

    18th January 2019 by

    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…

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  • St Andrews Bay on St Andrews Day

    14th December 2018 by

    Survey: 1918A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 November – 3 December 2018 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; Catamaran, and Neuston trawl net. On 29th November Alba na Mara departed Leith at 07:00 hrs to sail up the Forth Estuary and…

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  • Clyde 2020

    22nd October 2018 by

    Survey: 1618A MRV Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 19–23 October 2018 Objectives: To determine the concentrations of floating microplastics in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary. To determine the concentrations of microplastics within the sediment in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary.   Procedure: Scientific staff…

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  • New Year is a bit rubbish for the Scotia

    3rd January 2018 by

    Duration: 4-19 January 2018 Objectives To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). To collect water samples for nutrient studies as part of the Scottish Coastal Eutrophication Assessment Survey (SCEAS). Monitor and record all litter brought aboard in all trawls. Sample water column and sediment for micro-plastic litter….

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  • Finding flatfish in the Forth and Fife

    1st December 2017 by

    Duration: 30 November – 4 December Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end Day grab and table Catamaran and neuston net Objectives To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, inner Firth of Forth, and the Forth estuary in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring…

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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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