Marine Scotland

  • Outcome of the 2021 annual meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission

    18th November 2021 by

    The annual meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) took place 9-12 November, with parties agreeing a number of proposals which aim to ensure the conservation and optimum utilisation of fishery resources in the NEAFC Regulatory Area.

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  • Critically endangered flapper skate study

    14th July 2021 by

    This week is Shark Week and today we’re celebrating Shark Awareness Day. Did you know that there are over 30 species of sharks, skates and rays recorded in Scottish waters? Sharks are part of the elasmobranch family, which includes skates and rays. The flapper skate is the most endangered skate species in the North East Atlantic.

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  • Egg-cellent Sampling with Altaire – An Update

    5th April 2019 by

    Survey: 0119H MFV Altaire (LK429) Duration: 19 March – 1 April 2019 Objectives Carry out mackerel egg survey (ICES Triennial Survey), on the western shelf and shelf edge in the area from 53oN to 59o N. Collect fish samples, by trawling, for atresia and fecundity analysis back at the laboratory. Marine Scotland chartered the large…

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  • Surveying in Subarea 6a

    25th February 2019 by

    Survey: MRV Scotia Programme 0319S Duration: 17 February – 11 March 2019 Fishing Gear: GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT 137) fitted with ground gear D. Plankton Sampling Gear: Gulf 7, icthyoplankton Sampler Hydrographic Gear: Seabird 19+ CTD (Conductivity, Temperature and Depth) Objectives: Demersal trawling survey (SCOWCGFS-Q1) off the grounds of the north and west…

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  • IA2017 – Eutrophication is still a problem in some areas

    18th September 2017 by

    Eutrophication is the result of excessive enrichment of water with nutrients. This can cause accelerated growth of algae (phytoplankton) and plants. This may result in an undesirable disturbance to the balance of organisms present and ultimately to a decline in the overall water quality. Eutrophication is not always a local problem. Water masses continuously move…

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  • IA2017 – New developments in the way biodiversity is assessed

    11th September 2017 by

    OSPAR is committed to protecting and conserving ecosystems and biodiversity through the management of human activities, guided by an ecosystem-based approach to management. The development of internationally coordinated biodiversity indicators is a relatively new field for OSPAR. In the Quality Status Report 2010, OSPAR assessed ten ecological quality objectives developed for the North Sea which…

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  • IA2017 – Marine litter is a problem

    4th September 2017 by

    OSPAR has assessed the occurrence of marine litter in all regions within its Maritime Area, except for the Wider Atlantic where there is poor data availability. Marine litter, in particular plastic, is abundant on beaches, in the water column and on the seafloor. Marine litter also affects biota, as indicated by the levels in North…

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  • IA2017 – Mixed signals for marine mammals

    28th August 2017 by

    The abundance and condition of marine mammals, as top predators, can help indicate the state of the marine ecosystem. As was also the case at the time of the last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR 2010), harbour seal and grey seal populations are generally stable or increasing in most assessed areas although some harbour seal…

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  • IA2017 – Cooperation ensures progress

    21st August 2017 by

    The OSPAR Commission is the competent regional organisation guiding international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. Through the global circulation of water and air, the North-East Atlantic is connected to, and impacted by, events in other parts of the world. As such, collaboration among governments and between government scientists,…

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  • IA2017 – Discharges from offshore oil and gas installations have decreased due to OSPAR measures

    14th August 2017 by

      OSPAR has developed programmes and measures in respect of all phases of offshore oil and gas activities and undertakes annual assessments of discharges, spills and emissions from offshore oil and gas installations. Hydrocarbons and ‘chemicals’ are routinely discharged to the marine environment during offshore oil and gas operations. Assessment of the data for the…

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