Marine Scotland

  • King Scallop Surveys in the Clyde

    7th October 2019 by

    MRV Alba na Mara Survey: 1719A Programme Duration: 4 – 18 October 2019 Objectives: Carry out a dredge survey of king scallops in the Clyde. Age, measure and assess shell damage for all king scallops caught. Collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. Identify and quantify all starfish species in all…

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  • Scallops, Starfish and Heavy Metal

    24th June 2019 by

    MRV Alba na Mara Survey: 1019A Programme Duration: 15 June – 04 July 2019 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives: Carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the East Coast. Age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. Collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. Identify and quantify numbers…

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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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  • St Andrews Bay on St Andrews Day

    14th December 2018 by

    Survey: 1918A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 November – 3 December 2018 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; Catamaran, and Neuston trawl net. On 29th November Alba na Mara departed Leith at 07:00 hrs to sail up the Forth Estuary and…

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  • Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme

    30th November 2018 by

    Survey: 1918A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 November – 3 December 2018 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; Catamaran and neuston net Objectives: To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, Outer Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary (Tancred) in support of the…

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  • Looking for flatfish with the Sir John Murray

    30th October 2017 by

    Duration: 31 October – 8 November 2017 Sampling Gear: Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) – 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end SEPA – Demersal trawl with 50 mm cod-end SEPA – Day grab and table Marine Scotland Science (MSS) – Catamaran and neuston net Objectives: To undertake flatfish and sediment sampling in the…

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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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