Marine Scotland

  • Research Partners Collaborate One Last Time

    20th May 2020 by

    Earlier this year our colleague and Spatial Ecologist Dr Grant Campbell attended the final EU ATLAS General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh.  26 multidisciplinary partners and leading organisations, including Marine Scotland, attended the conference both in person and via video call to discuss their combined knowledge and understanding of the marine environment in the North Atlantic….

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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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  • Rockall Haddock Survey

    16th September 2019 by

    MRV Scotia Survey: 1319S Programme – Rockall Haddock Survey Duration: 14-26 September 2019 Fishing Gear: GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear D Other Gear: CTD (Conductivity Temperature Depth)  – Seabird 19+ Van Veen Grab Objectives: Undertake a bottom trawl survey of haddock on Rockall Bank to a depth of 350 m. Deploy…

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  • Monks, Megs and More…

    20th May 2019 by

    The second leg of the Monkfish Survey (1219H) departed a sunny Scrabster on the MFV Genesis on Sunday 28th April. It was a 36 hour steam out to Rockall, which gave us plenty of time for some beauty sleep.  We then began fishing on Tuesday in some fine, calm conditions. The aim of the survey…

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  • Demersal Trawling in ICES Area IVb

    9th May 2019 by

    MFV Genesis BF505 Programme Survey: 1219H Programme Duration: 28 April – 07 May 2019 Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195 Objectives: Undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) at Rockall, ICES area IVb. Record and map distributions of Megrim (Lepidorhombus wiffiagonis), Four-Spot Megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii), Cod (Gadus morhua),…

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  • Fish Samples and Mackerel Eggs – ICES Triennial Survey

    26th April 2019 by

    MFV Altaire Programme Survey: 0219H Duration: 16-29 April 2019 Fishing/Sampling Gear: Gulf VII Plankton Sampler Objectives: Carry out mackerel egg survey (ICES Triennial Survey) on the western shelf and slope in the area from 55o N to 60o N (see Figure 1 below). Collect fish samples, by trawling, for atresia and fecundity analysis back at…

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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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  • Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey – An update

    4th October 2018 by

    Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey Duration:  19 September – 1 October 2018 The 2018 Rockall haddock trawling survey got off to a blustery start with Scotia departing Aberdeen on the morning of the 19th September and heading straight into the teeth of Storm Ali; the first officially named storm of Autumn 2018. Gusts of…

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  • Surveying the Haddock on the Rockall Plateau

    3rd October 2018 by

    Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Survey Duration: 19 September – 1 October 2018 Fishing Gear: • GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear D. Other Gear: • Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) Seabird 19+; and • Van Veen Grab. Objectives: • Undertake the bottom trawl survey of haddock on Rockall Bank to a depth…

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  • An Egg Hunt of Large Proportions

    28th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0118H MRV Altaire (Part 3) Duration: 22nd May 2018 – 6th June 2018 This survey was tasked with providing answers to one very simple but, up to now, unanswered question. How much further west of the current survey extent would a mackerel egg survey need to go to secure a mackerel spawning boundary, in other…

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