Marine Scotland

  • Location, Location, Location

    13th August 2018 by

    Survey: 1218A MRV Alba na Mara Duration: 13-22 August 2018 Gear: Subsurface Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Moorings Objectives: To retrieve and deploy a series of acoustic release systems (19 subsurface moorings) with attached acoustic recording devices (19 C-POD, 6 SM2M and 1 sound recorder) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme and…

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  • Celebrating the Year of the Engineer with a father and son – Danny Copland

    7th August 2018 by

    Last month, as part of our celebrations of the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of Young People, we introduced you to one half of our father and son Engineering team – dad Phil Copland. This month, as promised, son Danny Copland gets his own back! Who are you and what do you do? My name is…

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  • 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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  • Celebrating Science and Year of the Young Person – Lynda Blackadder

    19th July 2018 by

    2018 is both the Year of the Engineer and the Year of the Young Person and this month we have another blog about one of our many colleagues who inspire the next generation with their Outreach work. Meet Lynda Blackadder, an aspiring ballet dance but currently a Fisheries Data Analyst and Modeller in the Coastal and…

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  • Celebrating the Year of the Engineer with a father and son – Phil Copland

    10th July 2018 by

    As we mentioned in our blog in January, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the course of the year, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work. Unusually within our engineering section,…

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  • Scallop Stock Assessment

    6th July 2018 by

    Survey: 1018A Duration: 4-23 July 2018 Fishing Gear: Scallop dredges Objectives To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the East Coast. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species. To identify and quantify numbers of starfish species in…

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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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  • Today is the day of the Seafarer

    25th June 2018 by

    Today is the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ and to celebrate, we wanted to share a very special poem penned by our resident bard, net rigger and father of two Matt Kinghorn. It’s a little something for all of you who work at sea. Day of the Seafarer It’s not easy you know, going to sea, Maybe for some…

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