Marine Scotland

  • Knowing your parasites – inside and out

    20th September 2017 by

    Ensuring Scotland’s marine environment is managed effectively and sustainable is crucial for future generations – and this includes, literally, all creatures great and small. To support this, in September,  representatives from Marine Scotland, Aberdeen University and the University of Cape Town hosted a two day MASTS-funded workshop in Aberdeen focussing on “Parasites of Commercially Important Marine Fish Species and…

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  • Surveying Scotland’s Priority Marine Features

    15th September 2017 by

    Duration: 21 September – 10 October 2017 Gear New drop/lander frame + calibration mesh HD TV system + lights Armoured cable + spare + axle stands Stereo TV system  Background and Objectives 1617A will survey the waters around the Small Isles Marine Protected Area (MPA). The primary objective of this survey is to survey monitoring…

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  • 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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  • Surveying haddock at Rockall with the Scotia

    1st September 2017 by

    Duration: 2-13 September 2017 Gear  GOV Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear D CTD – Seabird 19+ Day grabs  Objectives To undertake the bottom trawl survey of haddock on Rockall Bank to a depth of 350 m.  To deploy a CTD at selected trawl stations to collect temperature and salinity profiles.  To collect sediment samples at…

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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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  • Scallop Dredging and Octopus Spotting

    14th July 2017 by

    Last month our Ships Co-ordinator joined the Alba na Mara for a day to observe colleagues during the East Coast Scallop Dredging Survey 0917A. The aim of this visit was to get a better understanding of the scallop dredging process, the equipment and techniques used, and the challenges associated with this sampling method. The feedback…

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  • Can you help us keep track?

    6th July 2017 by

    Marine Scotland is tracking salmon from  uly 2017 and would like your help! Atlantic salmon can migrate thousands of miles –  from home rivers to high seas feeding grounds, and back to spawn – but how they find their home river remains a mystery. A number of historic tagging studies have shown that fish captured in…

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  • There be prawns!

    22nd June 2017 by

    Earlier, we posted information about the 7th research survey that our research vessel, the Alba na Mara was doing. Here we have the final blog from the Scientist in Charge on that survey, Adrian Weetman: Following the long journey from Fladen to the west coast on Monday 12th June, the annual Nephrops Under Water TV Survey began working in…

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  • MRV Scotia: Survey 1416S Programme

    29th September 2016 by

    Duration: 27 September – 9 October 2016 Gear Sea-Bird CTDs, ADCPs and current meter instrumentation, water filtering equipment, freezer, mooring equipment, recovery trawl. Objectives Test the CTD in the Buchan Deep off Peterhead. Perform hydrographic sampling along the JONSIS long term monitoring section in the northern North Sea. Perform hydrographic sampling along the long term…

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