Marine Scotland

  • Mud, Fish and Marine Litter

    23rd January 2019 by

    The first survey of the year for the MRV Scotia (0119S) involved sailing around Scotland for two weeks collecting a range of samples such as: water, fish, mud, marine litter. Below is a picture of the team obviously looking forward to being away for two weeks. The Scotia sailed from Leith on a surprisingly calm…

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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls – An Update

    21st January 2019 by

    After a timely departure from Fraserburgh on Saturday the 5th of January, Alba na Mara sailed for the west coast to carry out underwater TV work on Nephrops grounds. The first task involved deploying a time lapse camera, attached to a large frame, in Upper Loch Torridon.  This was followed by a short steam to…

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  • Reviewing our Year of Science

    18th January 2019 by

    Today sees the publication of our Annual Science Review for 2017/18. The Review, which highlights the impacts and achievements of Marine Scotland Science (MSS), details the overall contribution and support that our scientists make to the work of Marine Scotland. During this period we have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and supported more than 75…

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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls

    16th January 2019 by

    Survey: 0119A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 05 – 21 January 2019 Objectives: Calibrate the RoxAnn Acoustic Seabed Mapping System. Obtain video footage to estimate Nephrops burrow entrance size. Compare two different methodologies to establish Nephrops burrow abundance using the sledge and drop frame underwater TV (UWTV) systems. Monitor burrow reconstruction following trawl activity. Trial…

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  • A Century’s Worth of Data

    14th January 2019 by

    The Marine Laboratory at Aberdeen has been collecting offshore water samples and taking related measurements since the 1890’s. Yet, while the equipment we use has changed a lot since that time, mostly due to advances in technology, the parameters we sample have remained the same. The Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Oceanography Group will soon be…

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  • St Andrews Bay on St Andrews Day

    14th December 2018 by

    Survey: 1918A Alba na Mara Programme Duration: 29 November – 3 December 2018 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; Catamaran, and Neuston trawl net. On 29th November Alba na Mara departed Leith at 07:00 hrs to sail up the Forth Estuary and…

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  • Pinging for Lost Moorings

    10th December 2018 by

    Survey: 1818S MRV Scotia Duration: 8-18 December 2018 Gear: Sea-Bird Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) Unit/Carousel, Water filtering equipment, Mooring recovery equipment, Chemistry sampling equipment, and AL-200 Trawl-Resistant Bottom Mounts (TRBMs). Objectives: Hydrographic sampling along the Stonehaven AlterEco section in the northern North Sea (Priority 1). Conduct routine hydrographic sampling at stations along the long-term monitoring…

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  • With a little help from our friends

    4th December 2018 by

    In this, the last blog of the Year of the Engineer, we wanted to show you a poster that speaks for itself, really. We heard from Matt Kinghorn, one of net riggers and poet extraordinaire, earlier in the year. Today, we bring you another one of his creations that showcases and celebrates their work. All…

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  • Sampling in the Strata

    14th November 2018 by

    Survey: 1718S MRV Scotia Programme Duration: 12 November – 4 December 2018 Fishing Gear: GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT137) and ground gear D (hoppers). Objectives: Participate in the ICES co-ordinated western division demersal trawling survey. Obtain temperature and salinity data profiles at each trawling position. Collect additional biological data in connection with the EU…

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  • Fishing Gear and Flying Kites

    1st November 2018 by

    Survey: 1618S MRV Scotia Programme Duration: 28 October – 08 November 2018 Objectives: To carryout catch comparison trials to compare the fishing performance of the BT237 against the standard survey trawl BT137 GOV rigged with ‘A’ gear. To assess the fishing performance, in terms of gear geometry, of the new Vonin ‘Flyer’ kite as a…

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