Marine Scotland

  • 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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  • Salmon Smolt Surveying on the Sunbeam

    11th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0718H – MFV Sunbeam FR487 Duration: 04-16 May 2018 Scientific gear: Smolt trawl, Thyboron type 15vf pelagic trawl doors (6m2), Dyneema sweep rig and Fenders (dia 300mm with 215kg buoyancy) attached 4 per side of the trawl. Video frame/box incorporating pit tag detector. Self-contained underwater camera systems. Objectives: To undertake smolt trawl surveys in…

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  • Recover, Download, Re-deploy, Repeat

    4th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0618S – MRV Scotia Duration: 2-12 May 2018 Gear: Sea-Bird CTDs, ADCPs and current meter instrumentation, water filtering equipment, mooring equipment, chemistry sampling and analysis equipment. Objectives: Perform hydrographic sampling along the AlterEco monitoring section in the northern North Sea, which will be sampled on all MSS oceanographic surveys in 2018. Perform hydrographic sampling…

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  • MRV Scotia Survey 1616S Programme

    22nd November 2016 by

    Duration: 5-14 November 2016 Fishing Gear: PT160 pelagic trawl; BT237 new Jackson high standing demersal trawl fully rigged with 350mm rockhopper ground gear and 200mm floats; 1 Set Thyboron ‘flapper’ trawl doors; and 1 set GOV polyvalent trawl doors. Objectives: To establish a fishing protocol to fish the PT160 trawl close to the surface and…

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 2016A Programme

    20th October 2016 by

    Duration: 2 – 13 November 2016 Gear: Prawn trawl BT 201; Deep Vision Camera and lights (supplied by IMRB); Net mounted camera system; Turbidity meter; Scanmar instrumentation; and 600mm Square Mesh Panel (SMP). Objectives: Primary: To obtain Deep Vision footage from a demersal trawl on different ground types and turbidities: typical nephrops grounds (mud), clearer…

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