Marine Scotland

  • Trawling in the deep with the Scotia

    13th September 2017 by

    Duration: 15-28 September 2017 Gear BT 184 Deepwater trawl with 16“ ground-gear and Morgere 1700 kg doors (monkfish) Groundgear Bosom bag for BT184 Agassiz trawl  Objectives To map the composition, distribution and abundance of continental slope species including invertebrates on the deepwater slope west of the Hebrides and Rosemary Bank to depths of 2000 m….

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  • Who you gonna call? Diagnostics!

    8th September 2017 by

    You might not know this, but Marine Scotland is classified as the Scottish National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for crustacean, fish and mollusc diseases within the European Union. So what does that mean? Well, in practice it means that we have expertise and knowledge of a wide range of techniques and methods that can be used…

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  • Making scientific slime

    31st August 2017 by

    So, what did you do at the weekend? I spent a morning making slime! Feeling a bit like Heston Blumenthal, I added some PVA glue, a few drops of food colouring and a 2% solution of Borax to a plastic bag and a few squishes later and the slime was ready! The occasion was TechFest Festival…

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  • Surveying MPAs with Alba na Mara

    30th August 2017 by

    Duration: 31 August – 19 September 2017 Fishing Gear New drop/lander frame + calibration mesh HD TV system + lights Armoured cable + spare + axle stands Stereo TV system Objectives Programme 1517A will survey the waters around Lochinver and North Minch/Skye to collect stereo video imagery of Funiculina quadrangularis within survey boxes with different…

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  • Freshwater Fisheries Open Day a success

    5th June 2017 by

    On 13th May, colleagues from the Freshwater Fisheries laboratory at Faskally in Pitlochry held an Open Day at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry. The day included and series of six talks that were held in the morning and afternoon, with more than 30 posters and films on show throughout the day. There were also practical exhibits…

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  • Ask a Scientist

    31st January 2017 by

    Always keen to make science accessible for everyone, our colleague Dr Francis Neat recently contributed to a series of children’s books on ocean ecology. Dr Neat was approached only last week to answer some questions, posed by children through a school project, in the “Ask a Scientist” section. As a specialist in the habitat and…

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