Marine Scotland

  • Surveying in the Moray Firth Wind Farm Sites

    17th July 2019 by

    Marine Scotland Science (MSS) colleagues and University of Aberdeen (UoA) postgraduate students set sail on the Alba na Mara to undertake a multi-disciplinary survey within the Moray Firth wind farm sites from the 8th – 12th of June 2019.  The aim of this survey was to characterise the distribution of the prey species (fish schools,…

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  • Smolts on the Sunbeam

    23rd May 2019 by

    Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) are currently undertaking a smolt survey aboard the Fraserburgh pelagic trawler Sunbeam (FR487). The survey runs from 10 – 19 May 2019. The main objective is to survey salmon and sea trout smolt migration routes at various points both inshore and offshore (approx. 45 nmiles) along the Scottish east…

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  • Smolt Trawl Survey with the Sunbeam

    16th May 2019 by

    MFV Sunbeam FR487 Survey: 1419H Programme Duration: 10-19 May 2019 Scientific Gear: Smolt trawl, Thyboron type 15vf pelagic trawl doors (6m2), Dyneema sweep rig and Fenders (300mm diameter with 215kg buoyancy) attached four per side of the trawl. Video frame/box incorporating pit tag detector. Self-contained underwater camera systems. New Åkrehamn Trålbøteri fish-lift aquarium system incorporating…

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  • Hydrographic Sampling with Scotia

    19th April 2019 by

    MRV Scotia Programme Survey: 0519S Duration: 16-24 April 2019 Gear: Sea-Bird Conductivity/Temperature/Depth (CTD) unit; Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV); PIES mooring; Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs); Current meter instrumentation; Water filtering equipment; Mooring equipment; and Chemistry sampling equipment. Procedure On sailing from Aberdeen MRV Scotia will make passage to the start (western end) of the AlterEco…

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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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  • 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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