Marine Scotland

  • 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…

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  • SCObs Weekly Sampling to Expand at St Abbs

    7th April 2017 by

    The Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) monitors the temperature, salinity, nutrients and plankton community at a number of sites around the Scottish coast. The efforts of Marine Scotland scientists are supported by a network of local citizen-scientists who deploy small temperature sensors and collect water samples for analysis.  Many of the SCObs sites have been collecting…

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 0117A Programme

    2nd January 2017 by

    Duration: 4-20 January 2017 Gear: Large TV drop frame; TV sledge; 1 x 600m umbilical towing cable; 1 x armoured cable; Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup); Four lasers and 60cm bracket for the drop frame; 1 x BT201 prawn trawl (plus minimal spares); Day grab and table; Prawn sorting table; and Go Pro…

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 2316A Programme

    12th December 2016 by

    Duration: 8-21 December 2016 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 – i.e. DST). Objectives: To determine the abundance, length and age of sandeels in the sediment from regions east of the Firth of Forth and…

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 2216A Programme

    8th December 2016 by

    Duration: 2-6 December 2016 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; and Catamaran and manta neuston net. Objectives: To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, inner Firth of Forth, outer Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary in support of the…

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  • MRV Scotia: Survey 1316S Programme

    22nd September 2016 by

    Duration: 10-23 September 2016 Gear:  2 x Jackson BT 184 bottom trawl and wires;  2 x 16“ rock-hopper ground gear; 2 x ground-gear bag nets (centre section only); 2 pairs Morgere ovalfoil 1700 Kg trawl doors; 2 x Agassiz benthic sampling trawl; Scanmar trawl sensors, bottom contact sensor and depth/temperature logger (high pressure DST); VMUX towed video…

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 1716A Programme

    20th September 2016 by

    Duration: 7-21 September 2016 Sampling Gear: TV drop frame; TV winch and cable; and 2 x day grabs and RoxAnn. Objectives: To undertake grab, underwater television (UTV) and RoxAnn surveys of sea disposal sites and assess the condition of the seabed, identify the predominant benthic epifauna species, and the distribution of man-made debris. Some of…

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  • Break in sampling – back to normal

    7th November 2011 by

    Sampling was completed at Stonehaven this week by Matthew Geldart and Katy Urquhart for the first time in three weeks for a whole series of reasons. The Temora is no different to any other machine and requires maintenance to be carried out at regular intervals. The jobs this time around however required the vessel to…

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  • Sampling Zooplankton

    15th December 2010 by

    Plankton consists both of plant and animal organisms, ranging in size from a few micrometers (thousands of a millimetre (mm)) to a few centimetres or larger. Generally speaking, the plant plankton (phytoplankton) are smallest, and zooplankton tends to be bigger, although they still span a wide range of sizes, which may appear small to us as…

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