Marine Scotland

  • Vacancy – Fisheries Advisor (closing date 9 February 2018)

    11th January 2018 by

    We are currently seeking applications for a Fisheries Advisor within Marine Scotland Science based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments. The postholder will…

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  • New Year is a bit rubbish for the Scotia

    3rd January 2018 by

    Duration: 4-19 January 2018 Objectives To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). To collect water samples for nutrient studies as part of the Scottish Coastal Eutrophication Assessment Survey (SCEAS). Monitor and record all litter brought aboard in all trawls. Sample water column and sediment for micro-plastic litter….

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  • New metrics report measures up for assessing the effects of offshore wind on Scotland’s seabird populations

    22nd December 2017 by

    Marine Scotland has undertaken a great deal of research to understand how the development of offshore renewables may affect protected seabird species. Central to this work is an assessment of the consequences at population-level, with an important focus on the use of Population Viability Analysis (PVA). The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) have produced…

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  • Meet our scientists – Berit Rabe

    19th December 2017 by

    Who are you and what do you do? I am Berit Rabe and I am an inshore physical oceanographer in the oceanography group within the Environment Monitoring and Assessment programme at Marine Scotland Science. I mostly work on a multi-disciplinary project related to sea lice and wild fish interactions using oceanographic field data and hydrodynamic…

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  • Improvements in detecting toxic phytoplankton

    18th December 2017 by

    A new report has been published in the Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science series which details the findings from a new study on toxic phytoplankton. Toxic phytoplankton are a potential threat to the aquaculture industry because of the risk of food product contamination. Shellfish such as mussels for example can accumulate those toxins and become…

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  • Using genetics to map salmon run times

    14th December 2017 by

    A key role for Marine Scotland Science is to provide the information to help to effectively balance short term economic gain and environmental conservation.  In the case of Atlantic salmon this balance is managed through Conservation Regulations.  The principle is that the economic benefits of harvesting by fisheries are allowed only where stocks are sufficiently healthy. At present,…

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  • Having eel-y good fun on the Alba na mara

    6th December 2017 by

    Duration: 6-19 December 2017 Equipment Sandeel dredge × 2 (modified 4′ scallop dredge with 6″ teeth and spare toothbars) with towing bar and camera attachment. TV camera. Minilogger (or equivalent). Objectives To determine the abundance, length and age of sandeels in the sediment from regions east of the Firth of Forth and around Turbot bank….

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  • Meet our scientists – Helen Downie

    5th December 2017 by

    Who are you and what do you do? I’m Helen Downie, a fisheries biologist in the Salmon Assessment Group, based at the freshwater field laboratory in Montrose.   I’m also involved with the Women and Equalities Network, which is looking to address gender balance in Marine Scotland. Lastly, I also act as the local admin cover here in Montrose, so if…

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  • New paper on amoeba studies published

    27th November 2017 by

    A new scientific journal article written by researchers at Marine Scotland Science (MSS), in collaboration with the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre (SFIRC) at the University of Aberdeen, has been published in the Journal of Fish Diseases. The principal author, Rachel Chance, is a PhD. student funded by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement…

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  • Meet our scientists – Dr Coby Needle

    21st November 2017 by

    Today is World Fisheries Day, so what better day to introduce you to our Sea Fisheries Programme Manager, Dr Coby Needle! Who are you and what do you do? I am Dr Coby Needle, and for the past two (and a bit) years I have been the Sea Fisheries Programme Manager at Marine Scotland Science,…

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