Marine Scotland

  • 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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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls – An Update

    21st January 2019 by

    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…

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  • Pinging for Lost Moorings

    10th December 2018 by

    Survey: 1818S MRV Scotia Duration: 8-18 December 2018 Gear: Sea-Bird Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) Unit/Carousel, Water filtering equipment, Mooring recovery equipment, Chemistry sampling equipment, and AL-200 Trawl-Resistant Bottom Mounts (TRBMs). Objectives: Hydrographic sampling along the Stonehaven AlterEco section in the northern North Sea (Priority 1). Conduct routine hydrographic sampling at stations along the long-term monitoring…

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  • Fishing Gear and Flying Kites

    1st November 2018 by

    Survey: 1618S MRV Scotia Programme Duration: 28 October – 08 November 2018 Objectives: To carryout catch comparison trials to compare the fishing performance of the BT237 against the standard survey trawl BT137 GOV rigged with ‘A’ gear. To assess the fishing performance, in terms of gear geometry, of the new Vonin ‘Flyer’ kite as a…

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  • Water Sampling for Long-Term Monitoring

    15th October 2018 by

    Survey: MRV Scotia 1418S Duration: 5-15 October 2018 Procedure: Scotia will make her way to the eastern start of the Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section and start collecting long term monitoring samples and taking CTD profiles. On a previous trip – the 0618S survey – a mooring in an AL500 frame also failed to surface…

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  • Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey – An update

    4th October 2018 by

    Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey Duration:  19 September – 1 October 2018 The 2018 Rockall haddock trawling survey got off to a blustery start with Scotia departing Aberdeen on the morning of the 19th September and heading straight into the teeth of Storm Ali; the first officially named storm of Autumn 2018. Gusts of…

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  • Reality TV at its Best

    6th September 2018 by

    Survey: 1318A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 25th August – 10th September 2018 MRV Alba na Mara left Fraserburgh on Sunday the 26th of August, a day later than planned due to poor weather, to begin survey 1318A – the ‘Annual Nephrops Underwater TV (UWTV) Survey’. The areas to be covered are Moray Firth and…

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  • How Mature are Nephrops?

    4th September 2018 by

    Survey : 1318A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 25 August – 10 September 2018 Objectives: Obtain estimates of the distribution and abundance of Nephrops burrows in the Firth of Forth and the Moray Firth using underwater cameras. Use the TV footage to record the occurrence of other benthic fauna and evidence of commercial trawling activity….

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  • What’s at our Disposal? The latest from the research vessel Alba na mara

    20th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0918A Duration: 18 June – 1 July 2018 Sampling Gear: TV drop frame, TV winch and cable, 2 x day grabs and RoxAnn. Objectives To undertake grab, underwater television (UTV) and RoxAnn surveys of sea disposal sites and assess the condition of the seabed, identify the predominant benthic epifauna species, and the distribution of…

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  • Sunbeam Surveys going Swimmingly

    21st May 2018 by

    Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have recently been operating on Fraserburgh pelagic trawler Sunbeam (FR 487) to survey salmon smolts at various points on the Scottish east coast. Operating in the Moray Firth, Firths of Forth and Tay, MSS used a specially designed net for sampling very close to the surface. The net incorporates…

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