Marine Scotland

  • Survey of Scallop Stocks around Shetland Islands

    27th January 2020 by

    MRV Alba na Mara Programme Survey: 0220A Duration: 25 January – 9 February 2020 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives: 1. To carry out a survey of scallop stocks around the Shetland Islands. 2. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. 3. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and…

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  • Demersal Trawling Survey in North Sea

    27th January 2020 by

    MRV Scotia Programme Survey: 0220S Duration: 24 January – 13 February 2020 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear A & B; MIK Net (Round Frame with IK depressor); MIKeyM net (attached onto the MIK net on selected stations)   Objective: 1. To complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area…

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  • 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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  • Nephrops Activity on the West Coast

    9th January 2020 by

    MRV Alba na Mara Programme Survey: 0120A Duration: 6-22 January 2020 Gear:  Large TV drop frame TV sledge Static time lapse camera frame 1 x 600m umbilical towing cable 1 x armoured cable Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup) Stand-alone time lapse stills camera, recorder and power supply (for static camera frame) Four lasers and…

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  • Marine Scotland Science Discover New Coral Species on Rockall

    9th January 2020 by

      Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have discovered a new species of coral on Rockall Bank in the North East Atlantic. The discovery is of an animal known as a sea pen, which as it lacks a hard outer skeleton is often described as a soft coral. The species is described fully in a…

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  • Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme

    8th January 2020 by

    MRV Scotia Programme Survey: 0120S Duration: 6-21 January 2020 Fishing gear: BT 137 with Ground gear E; Sediment Sampling: Day grab Litter sampling: Catamaran and neuston trawl Water sampling: Aquatracka fluorometer, Seabird 25 and modified acoustic sledge Objectives: To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). Monitor and record…

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  • Scotia 1919S – Latest News

    18th December 2019 by

    Six scientists and the Scotia crew are missing out on all the Christmas preparations because they are working hard on MRV Scotia in the Northern North Sea and the Faroe-Shetland-Channel for 11 days. This work contributes to our long-term monitoring to evaluate changes in hydrography and circulation in Scottish waters and the North Atlantic. So…

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  • Protecting Inshore Waters with Dignity

    17th December 2019 by

    A few weeks ago we told you that we were running a pilot Inshore Protection Programme. One month on we spoke to the manager of that programme, Alexis Lee, to find out how it’s going. “Protecting our inshore waters is something that is important to the Scottish Government and Marine Scotland and the inshore protection…

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  • Alba na Mara Survey 2119A

    9th December 2019 by

    On 28th November Alba na Mara departed at 0700 from Leith to sail up the Forth Estuary to complete our first objective which was to fish and collect sediment samples at Tancred Bank. We sailed under all the bridges with wonderful views as we passed. We fished with the beam trawl at Tancred Bank and…

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  • Scotia gear trials survey – development of new international bottom trawl

    9th December 2019 by

    A team of scientists and gear technologists from Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands are undertaking trials aboard MRV Scotia to develop a replacement demersal survey trawl for internationally coordinated (ICES) bottom trawl surveys. The new trawl is being developed to replace the existing gear (GOV trawl) which has been used for the International Bottom Trawl…

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