Marine Scotland

  • Benthic Biotopes in Barra

    11th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0818A Duration: 8 – 14 June 2018 Gear: Seatronics drop frame (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire Seatronics lights (to be loaded 05.06.18) – SNH hire HD TV system + lights (5 plastic cages) Armoured cable + spare + axle stands & bar Day grab + table + 2 x sieve drawers Background…

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  • Rockall and Mackerel

    28th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0118H MFV Altaire Duration: 22 May – 6 June 2018 Fishing/Sampling Gear: Gulf VII plankton sampler Objectives: To carry out standalone mackerel egg survey, on the western shelf and slope in the area from 52o N to 59o N (see Figure 1). Opportunistic trawling for adult mackerel samples; for exploratory ovary analysis. Procedures: After…

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  • Recover, Download, Re-deploy, Repeat

    4th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0618S – MRV Scotia Duration: 2-12 May 2018 Gear: Sea-Bird CTDs, ADCPs and current meter instrumentation, water filtering equipment, mooring equipment, chemistry sampling and analysis equipment. Objectives: Perform hydrographic sampling along the AlterEco monitoring section in the northern North Sea, which will be sampled on all MSS oceanographic surveys in 2018. Perform hydrographic sampling…

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  • What’s the (Organic) Matter?

    13th March 2018 by

    Picture of MRV Sir John Murray (SJM) provided courtesy of SEPA. Survey: 0118SJM Duration: 12-16 March 2018 Gear: Craib corer, CTD, Day grab and Auto sieve. Objective: To compare pore-water nutrients, sediment chlorophyll-a and organic matter content among seabed sediments from the Outer and Inner Firth of Clyde and sea lochs. Procedure: Figure 1 shows the stations…

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  • Celebrating the Year of the Engineer – a sledge isn’t just for Christmas

    6th March 2018 by

    For many years, Marine Scotland scientists and engineers have designed, built and deployed towed underwater TV sledges to view the sea bed. These sledges provide a relatively stable platform to study a variety of species and monitor various underwater sites. With experience, the design used in nephrops work has evolved and along with a forward…

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  • Trawling for ICES in the north and west of Scotland

    16th February 2018 by

    Duration: 15 February – 7 March 2018 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) fitted with ground gear D. Objectives: Demersal trawling survey of the grounds off the north and west of Scotland in ICES Subarea VIa. To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station. Collect additional biological data…

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  • Celebrating the Year of the Engineer – Aries. More than just a star sign

    16th January 2018 by

    As we mentioned in our blog earlier this month, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work. First up, one of our…

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  • Taking the Sea-Bird to the Faroe-Shetland Channel

    8th December 2017 by

    Duration: 8 – 18 December 2017 Gear Sea-Bird CTD/Carousel, Plankton Nets (ARIES), water filtering equipment Objectives Test the CTD in the Buchan Deep off Peterhead and test plankton crane and ARIES at an appropriate location before its first use.  Perform routine hydrographic sampling at stations along the long term monitoring JONSIS section in the northern…

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  • The Scotia went to CTD to see what she could ADCP

    25th September 2017 by

    Duration: 6-16 October 2017 Gear Sea-Bird CTDs (Conductivity, Pressure & Depth), ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) instrumentation and AL-200 frame, water filtering equipment, bacteria sampling and experimental equipment, including bacterial culture equipment with CO2 gas enrichment (HWU), mooring equipment and recovery trawl. Objectives Test the CTD in the Buchan Deep off Peterhead  Perform hydrographic sampling…

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  • Opening the Doors on Coastal Monitoring

    12th September 2017 by

    Staff at Marine Scotland are busy preparing for Aberdeenshire Doors Open Day on the 16th September. Located in the courtyard of the Tollbooth Museum by Stonehaven harbour between 10am until 4pm, they will be presenting a display about the renowned Scottish Coastal Observatory site located 5km offshore from Stonehaven. For the last 20 years, environmental factors at sea such…

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