Marine Scotland

  • Multi-tasking with the Scotia

    19th June 2018 by

    MRV Scotia left Aberdeen on 3rd June 2018 to begin survey 0818S – the ‘Annual Nephrops Underwater TV Survey’ (UWTV) – covering Fladen (North Sea), the North and South Minches, the Clyde, and the Sound of Jura. TV operations went well during the first day until the sea state worsened so the survey was halted until early on…

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  • Benthic Biotopes in Barra

    11th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0818A Duration: 8 – 14 June 2018 Gear: Seatronics drop frame (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire Seatronics lights (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire HD TV system + lights (5 plastic cages) Armoured cable + spare + axle stands & bar Day grab + table + 2 x sieve drawers Background…

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  • Pipelines, Camera, Action

    25th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0718S Duration: 18- 31 May 2018 Gear: Day grabs TV drop frame with lasers Aarmoured cable Multibeam echosounder system EK 60 Conductivity, Pressure & Depth (CTD) device Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (VM-ADCP) Fish cages PT160 (trawl) Objectives: To assess the hydrographic influences on the aggregation of fish around surface laid oil and gas pipelines….

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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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  • Significant Celebrations for Scottish Freshwater Organisations

    9th May 2018 by

    2018 is looking to be quite a significant year for two organisations at the core of freshwater research in Scotland. Marine Scotland Science’s Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory (FFL) at Faskally in Pitlochry, has just celebrated its 70th anniversary and the Scottish Freshwater Group (SFG) has just turned 50. Freshwater fisheries research has been a Government responsibility…

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  • Monitoring the Effect of Noise on Marine Environments

    26th March 2018 by

    Survey: 0418A Duration: 25 March – 11 April 2018 Gear: Subsurface passive acoustic moorings (incl. cetacean detectors and sound recorders); Subsurface VEMCO VR2 salmon tag detector moorings; and Subsurface Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mooring. Objectives: To deploy 95 moorings with VR2 salmon detectors between Ythan Estuary and Findon Ness (‘outer array’ shown on Figure…

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  • Trans-Atlantic Co-operation

    8th March 2018 by

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in Massachusetts contacted Marine Scotland on the 20th February, requesting assistance to retrieve one of their gliders. The glider was deployed near Iceland, but had broken down and had been drifting at the surface since November 2017, and was now approaching the western coast of Scotland …fortuitously near to where…

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  • Taking the temperature with the MRV Scotia

    11th August 2017 by

    Next MRV Scotia Survey  Duration: 10 – 30 August 2017 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) with Ground Gear A & B Objectives To complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV.  To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station using…

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  • Message in a bottle

    20th June 2017 by

    Many of us will have spent hours as a child drawing pictures or drafting letters to stuff in a bottle, to be sent on its way from the local beach; hopefully, to be found in a far-away place (or maybe even time) by a mysterious stranger. The “message in a bottle” conjures up romantic notions…

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  • Latest update from the MRV Scotia survey 0717S – the 7th of the year

    15th June 2017 by

    Duration: 6- 26 June 2017 Gear onboard:   2 x Scotia BT175 80mm prawn trawls 2 x Day grabs and 1 x sieving table 2 x towed UWTV sledges 2 x 600m umbilical towing cables and associated TV equipment (including back up) Objectives To obtain estimates of the abundance and distribution of Nephrops burrow complexes at…

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