Marine Scotland

  • Sampling and Surveying the Sea Lochs

    2nd August 2018 by

    Survey: 1118A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 27 July – 07 August 2018 Gear: Day grabs (x 2) – supplied by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Craib corer – supplied by MSS Drop-down video frame – supplied by Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mooring. Objectives: The objectives of this survey…

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  • Storm Frank Makes its Mark in SCObs Monitoring Data

    27th July 2018 by

    Aberdeen may be in the midst of a summer heatwave but scientists in Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have seen the footprint of Storm Frank while performing an in-depth quality check of data from the Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) last week. Storm Frank impacted Scotland from 28th – 30th Dec 2015 bringing wide spread flooding and destruction…

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  • Testing the Water with the MRV Scotia

    20th July 2018 by

    Survey: 1018S MRV Scotia Duration: 21-25 July 2018 Objectives: Deploy an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) drone from Scotia to monitor turbulence in the Pentland Firth over the MeyGen site, at the South end of Stroma. Record distribution of seabirds/mammals. Record multi-frequency acoustic data using the on board Simrad EK60 scientific echosounder. Record data using the…

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  • Live and Acoustic with Herring and the Sprats

    26th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0918S Duration: 28 June – 20 July 2018 Sampling Gear: Midwater trawls PT160 x 3; Demersal trawl (BT237); Seabird 19plus CTD; GoPro cameras x 2 with underwater housings and lights; and Scanmar trawl eye sensor. Objectives: To conduct an acoustic survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of herring in the north western North…

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  • 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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